Today’s play suggestion is to choose 3 toys that we can rotate to help our little ones with their engagement and their concentration.
Choose a toy that shakes, one that rattles and one that rolls. Today is not about all of the toys, it is choosing a couple to listen to, to engage with and concentrate on.
Shaking toy – smaller toy, softer noise, links, small maracas, little music toys
Rattle – maybe a larger louder toy, a rainmaker, bottle with beads, peas or coins in or maybe a bell toy
Roll – ball or round object that we can practice our fine finger control with holding
For our youngest babies we are lying our little one’s down, playing noises to the side so we can track and work out where the noise is coming from, our hearing is most developed at birth so this is a great opportunity to track a noise. We are letting them hold and touch and for our larger toys we can pop them onto their side and support them so their hands come together for two handed play.
For our sitting babies pop the toys in front so your baby reaches for the toys working on their hand-eye co-ordination and their balance skills. Be on hand to support the if needed. Practice toy rotation so if your little one shows a particular toy lots of attention give them the opportunity to swap so we are experiencing lots of textures. Support them to shake the toys.
For our moving babies encourage lots of moving, rolling, cruising and crawling towards the toys, spacing the out really helps. Lots of shaking the toys to work on our motor skills too.
This activity helps us –
– discover textures
– working on our gross motor skills – the big muscles in our body
– their fine motor skills
– gives opportunities to work on moving and motor planning
– great for helping with balance in our sitters and movers
– increase their concentration skills
– visual skills and controlling the very small muscles in their eyes
– their discrimination skills working out what is in the foreground and background
– tracking skills both visual tracking and tracking noises
– helping their body scheme, working two sides of to our body
– awareness of where our body is in space
– their ability to screen information
– it is great for stretching out their bodies and distracting them during tummy time too!
– you can even do the activities with some music in the background to help with auditory screening, rhythm and tracking skills. This playlist is the one we use – click for playlist on amazon music
A little activity with so many benefits for your little one!