Today our play suggestion is focused on books and toys. Books are an amazing way to have a conversation with our babies that feels authentic and spending some one on one time with them. Lots of research indicates that babies who are exposed to books from a younger age have better communication skills, vocabularies and better listening skills so it is amazing for baby brains!
Today we are making reading a story an event! We are adding toys alongside the story to increase the sensory input that our baby’s have exposure to. Choose a book that you are able to compliment some toys alongside, even if it is just a toy that matches the colour of the cover! Think about the textures you are adding and try to increase the textures that they have exposure to during your session, bonus points if your book includes textures! Talk your little one through what they are looking at, try and add in a song or some music that matches the theme so you can shake a toy during your play session too. A simple 8 – 10 minute play session done in this way has so many benefits for baby brains and sensory development
Your baby is developing so many skills including –
- their sense of touch and their brains ability to process textures
- they are working on their visual development and controlling those tiny muscles in the back of their eyes,
- they are working on their co-ordination,
- their balance,
- using both sides of their body,
- their motor planning skills,
- their ability to screen input as they listen to your voice,
- increasing their attention span
- their perception and spatial skills,
- adjusting their body
- and they are listening to your voice so using lots of their auditory processing skills too.
Do it at a time that your little one is calm and alert and please don’t be concerned if they only manage a page or two the first time you to it, try again the next day, repetition is amazing for baby brain development!
Have lots of fun reading to your little one, we’d love to see your photos!