Busy Baby Activities
Been looking for activities to do with the very 'littlies' of the world, look no further, I've got you covered!
Baby massage is encouraged from birth, baby massage is beneficial to your baby, after all, touch is our first language! It has been known to soothe a baby and assist with sleeping and cam also help boost the immune system. Baby massage can help with skin texture and increase body awareness.
- Warm-up some oil or baby cream in your hands by rubbing them together
- Place the baby on either its tummy or back first depending on which side you would like to start with
- Spread the oil on baby's skin and gently rub it in starting from the legs and gently squeezing the calf and thigh area and move up to the upper body, turn baby over once done on that side
Sensory bags can be beneficial to your little one, allowing them to explore and discover while exploring their senses. The best part is that this type of sensory play is a mess free activity, I'm sure the mommies and teachers out there will particularly appreciate this!
These are awesome too as they can be personalised with a list of different fillers.
List of item fillers:
- Water beads (they are available at florists, they get placed at the bottom of vases)
- Hair gel
- Shaving Cream
- Baby oil
- Pom poms
- Small plastic toys, shapes, etc.
- Popcorn seeds
- Bird seeds
What to do:
- Use a clear zip-lock bag and fill it with any of the 'fillers' above, you can even mix and match to make it more interesting for your little one
- If using beads or any hard objects, you can use some hair gel or shaving cream with them
- Make sure that the bag cannot open, you can use some tape to secure it even more
- If the baby is still very young, use the bag as a tummy time encourager in front of them taped down on a surface while they are lying down
- If the baby is old enough to sit in a feeding chair, you can tape it down and let the endless fun begin
Tummy Time Activities
Babies are not always the biggest fans of tummy time; however, it is essential for the development of their necks and upper-body muscles for more sturdy head control.
Make it interesting and more fun for baby with the following:
- Lay baby on your tummy, sing some songs or have a little 'conversation' with them. (This one is especially for smaller babies)
- When a baby is not so small anymore, you can move down to the floor and place them on their tummies, you as well can lie on your tummy and keep the baby entertained to distract them.
- Mirrors can be used too to encourage tummy time, place the baby on their tummy either on the mirror if it is large enough and baby is not too big or use a mirror stuck down on the floor or a wall in front of them to keep them entertained with their reflection.
Calm down bottles
Have you ever heard of 'Calm Down Bottles?' They are an absolutely great activity for your little one when they need a little break, some quiet time or just to calm down!
The best part about these bottles is that they can be personalised in any and every way according to the interests of your child!
What you will need:
- An empty water bottle (I know we as a world are trying our utmost best to avoid plastic however I feel for young children glass can be dangerous)
- Clear glue
- Add-ins; sequins, glitter, beads & whatever your little ones heart desires! (Try to avoid it being too heavy as it will be harder to handle for those little hands)
- Super Glue
- Food colouring (optional)
What to do:
- Fill the bottom of your bottle with the clear glue; 1/4 -1/2 a cup will do.
- Add your chosen add-ins, this is probably the best part where your child can be super creative and have fun!
- Fill the rest of the bottle with water.
- To avoid the bottle opening during play, place some super glue on the lid and screw it on tight. (Let it dry completely before being handled)
This activity can be beneficial to a baby's concentration and attention span, visual response to moving objects and body/muscle movement. This activity will also be great entertainment for the baby and prepare for little giggles!
- Grab some balloons (foil will be better to avoid the loud popping of a latex balloon), helium would be preferred too to make them float above the baby
- Tie them loosely around the baby's ankles.
- Lie baby on his/her back and let the fun begin
- They will be fascinated by the balloons and start kicking their legs around to create the movement of the balloons.
Edible Finger Paint
Sorry parents and teachers but this is a messy activity but super fun and can be beneficial to the little ones! This activity is an awesome tactile experience and stimulates baby's senses from a young age. It can also be a soothing activity for an upset little one. Finger painting is great for strengthening those little fingers and hands, assisting with their fine motor skills. The best part is that if the baby ends up sticking their fingers in their mouths, it is super safe but definitely won't be a pleasant taste!
What you will need:
- 1 cup of white flour
- 1 cup of warm water
- Food colouring of your choice
- Mix the flour and the warm water together until a smooth consistency is formed
- Pour the mixture into as many containers as you would like
- Add in 3 drops of food colouring, this should form a bright enough colour, too much could stain little fingers however it is only food colouring after all so no harm!
- Grab a big piece of paper and place baby on there, either sitting up or lying on their tummy, this could be messy so you might not want to put clothes on.
- If the baby is big enough to be in a feeding chair you can place them in there with a piece of paper and the paint on the tray
- Let the fun begin!
I hope that these activities will help keep your little ones busy while still developing their little selves!
Until next time,