Today is all about animals and we have some zoo themed play spaces and activities for you to try too!
Animals is a great theme to end our week of play ideas as we can incorporate lots of our activities from this week with textures, some contrast play, tracking, some single colour toys and a book.
Lots of animal plush toys are naturally high contrast so they make a great starting point, accompany with a book, a single colour toy and something you can do some tracking with.
Set out a time when your little one is calm and alert, not tired or unsettled. We’ve put together a little play pattern to get you started and have a play list for you too. Do each activity for a couple of minutes (the length of a nursery rhyme) and give your little one a break between each activity to ensure that they are not overstimulated.
you will need
– animal plush toy
– music instrument
– single colour toy
1. start with introducing them to the animal plush toy for a couple of minutes, explain to them what they are having a look at, let them feel and touch and do some tracking with the toy.
2. tracking activity with your single coloured toy, take your single colour toy and do your tracking activities from day two
3. introduce your music toy and do your noisy tracking activities, helping your little one work out where the noise is coming from, feel and touch the toy and do some shaking with your support. Talk your little one through what they are listening to and at the end of the track let them compare the texture of the music toy to their animal plush toy
4. change your little one’s position to help with their motor skills and do some tummy time with your little one. Introduce your book and talk your little one through not just the story but the pictures on the page too. For our little ones who are competently crawling, this is a great opportunity to do an activity in standing with your little one.
5. calming cuddle and rest time, please don’t be tempted to keep going, give your little one a rest and a chance to process everything they have learnt.
Be really baby led, you can split these activities up if your little one is giving you indications that they are tired or hungry.
Do let us know if you need any guidance on our play pattern and safety first always – please keep your little one in eye sight and arms reach at all times and never leave them unsupervised with a toy.