For young babies, make up your own treasure baskets using everyday items from around the home. Babies love to explore new textures through their senses, and enabling them to explore soft, prickly, shiny, smooth objects is great for their early development. What objects do you have that might be made from different materials? (please remember not to use small objects as babies love to explore things using their mouths)
In this video, we will be outlining what is meant by dialogic reading and how it is displayed in practice. Supporting children to have a love for books, reading and storytelling is vital for language acquisition. Dialogic reading is an integral part of LEYF’s approach to teaching and we hope you enjoy the video.
We all know how much babies love to play with their food! So why not try giving them a canvas to explore upon. We often provide our babies with edible paints to explore, you can try yogurts, sauces, jams etc. This is a great home learning activity as your baby can (and will) explore the different mediums by put the edible paints in to their mouth. Providing babies with a wide range of textures, colours, tastes and scents support their brain development. They begin to differentiate between runny and sticky, sweet and bitter, lumpy and smooth.
Sensory bottles can support your baby’s development in a variety of ways and are easy to make at home. All you need are some empty plastic bottles and objects to put inside them. You could use oil and water and watch your child’s fascination as they observe the liquids separating or small stones to help them create their own music. Beads, glitter, buttons or sequins in water also make fantastic sensory bottles. You could also add some food colouring to create rainbow bottles.
Babies love small cosy spaces so why not use a large cardboard box or a table covered with a blanket to create a den? You could add some fairy lights or torches and tin foil to create your very own sensory den. The light, textures and sounds will provide your child with valuable sensory stimulation.
Take a look inside your cupboards to see what ingredients you might have. Baking together is a common activity at nursery, where your child can learn new vocabulary, help to measure weight or capacity, explore the different textures, before mixing and after baking. It’s a great opportunity for counting too. Perhaps you can bake some simple scones or maybe prepare a lasagne for tea?