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November 11th, 2013 at 9:04 am

Everyday Ideas for Baby Play

9-2-05 LaundryWe all know that one of the most important jobs of a baby is to PLAY! It helps them to learn about their world and is crucial for their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. I know that I overthought play as a young mother. I would feel overwhelmed by all the toys sold for young children, spending time trying to play with them while doing “learning activities” and never wanted them to do anything messy.

But, that is what play is all about. The child exploring and touching things, especially messy ones.

Here are some great activities to build play into your day…

In the kitchen: Use wooden spoons, bowls, and other items to play with. These are great to bang together, stack, and show off shapes and colors.

In the bathtub or even a sink: Bring the bubbles inside. Not only do babies love to interact with bubbles, it helps them to develop good visual skills. In the winter, bring some snow in the tub. This is a safe and warmer way to play with snow without having to bundle them up so much they can’t move. Turn your hair dryer on them for a quick second while you are drying your hair.

In the basement: Get out those boxes you are saving. The imagination runs wild when a simple box is produced. This is a great toy for babies, toddlers, and older kids alike.

While your cleaning: When my oldest was little he loved the vacuum cleaner. Bring it out to vacuum and have your little one watch. Press one of the hoses near them to show them what it does. Put your child in the laundry basket while your folding or putting away the laundry. Wouldn’t you love to lay in a warm pile of clean clothes?

In the bedroom: Do some tummy time or fun stories or songs while laying or bouncing gently on the bed.

All over the house: I know I am always thinking about stuff, so when my kids were little I just thought out loud. The best part about babies is that they always agree and interrupt. A conversation can go a long way!

Incorporate play and communication into your day and your baby will have a grand old time!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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