Getting rid of outgrown toys and looking through old photos has made me realise how much Aaron and Tabitha have grown up recently. Over the years I’ve had some lovely messages thanking me for sharing activity ideas, but now that I am no longer childminding I won’t be posting any more baby and toddler activities. I’m planning to sort out categories and tags to make old posts easier to find, but in the meantime I thought I’d share some of our favourite activities from the past few years. The ideas are not all mine, many of them came from other blogs or Pinterest and are credited in the original posts. Enjoy!
Heuristic play and simple toys
Playing with household objects can keep little ones occupied for hours, especially when combined with containers. Treasure baskets are always popular and natural loose parts such as pebbles, pinecones and shells can be used for lots of different kinds of play.
There are so many wonderful ideas for sensory play on the internet. For babies who like to put everything in their mouths, it’s a good idea to stick to edible substances that don’t pose a choking hazard. Various containers and tools can be included to offer opportunities for filling, mixing and emptying.
Painting doesn’t have to use paper, a brush or even paint!
Many practical life and sensorial activities are suitable from about 12 months and are great for developing fine and gross motor control, hand-eye coordination and visual discrimination. Even young toddlers are capable of amazing concentration when given this type of activity!
Exploring colour and light
Placing safe acrylic mirrors near babies, either flat or upright, allows them to observe and experiment with reflections. Transluent objects are very appealing when combined with a natural or artificial light source.
Most babies love water play. It’s lovely for hot days in the summer, but can also be brought inside with plenty of plastic sheets and towels.
I’ll be posting some of our favourite preschooler activities soon. Please feel free to share your own!