Baby Room

Baby Room

Treasure Baskets

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)

Dialogic Reading

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.

Edible Painting

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.

Making sensory bottles

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.

    Watch your baby develop their arm muscles as they shake the bottle or use their eye-tracking to watch objects floating in water. Bottles that make noise will incite your child’s interest in exploring and differentiating between sounds, a skill which is vital for communication development. Don’t forget to make sure lids are stuck on, as your baby might try to take objects out of the bottle for a closer look!

Build a sensory den.

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.

    Crawling in and out of their den will also support the development of your baby’s co-ordination and self-awareness as they calculate the movements needed to fit into a small space. Hiding in a den or playing peek a boo will also support younger children’s developing understanding of object permanence (their awareness that items and people exist even when out of sight).

Baking

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?

    Ingredients:
    • 225g/8oz self raising flour
    • 150ml/5fl oz milk
    • 25g/1oz dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, or even chopped dates or apricots)
    • 1 free-range egg, beaten, to glaze (alternatively use a little milk)
      • Method:
        • 1. Heat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
        • 2. Mix together the flour and salt and rub in the butter.
        • 3. Stir in the sugar and then the milk to get a soft dough.
        • 4. Turn on to a floured work surface and knead very lightly. Pat out to a round 2cm/¾in thick. Use a 5cm/2in cutter to stamp out rounds and place on a baking sheet. Lightly knead together the rest of the dough and stamp out more scones to use it all up.
        • 5. Brush the tops of the scones with the beaten egg. Bake for 12-15 minutes until well risen and golden.
        • 6. Cool on a wire rack and serve with butter and good jam