SLEEPY BODIES

Take a big deep breath, slowly breathe out, then say “Oh! My arm’s gone to sleep!” Completely relax one arm – you or your wee one can flop it about and it just falls back, completely relaxed. Gentle pats can wake it up again.

FINDING FACES

With a little imagination a mark on a tree can turn into an eye, nose or mouth! Next time you
see a ‘face’ when out and about, show your wee one – you’ll soon be chatting about the happy
tree, the shocked house or the grumpy drain.

TEDDY TALK

Teddy wants to brush her teeth! Teddy is running upstairs to get dressed! I think Teddy might be
sad too – do you think he’d like a cuddle? Soft toys can be a great way to make stressful situations fun, or talk about feelings.

ORCHESTRA OF SOUNDS

Choose four objects and pretend they are buttons – when you touch or point at them, you make a different sound. Maybe teddy says “BING!” and a fork says “WHEE!” – just make sure you match the same noise to the same object each time.

SQUISHY FEELINGS

Fill balloons with lentils, rice, sand or quinoa, tie securely & draw faces with different emotions on the front. Bonus creativity points for hiding them around the room and letting your wee one spot them, making the objects instantly more exciting!

I WONDER WHAT THIS IS?

It’s a classic – take an object and pretend it’s something else. I wonder what this is… a hat? A steering wheel? A dinner plate? An eyebrow? Act out as many ideas as you can think of, making sound effects and funny faces as you go.

FUNNY FACE REMOTE

Draw a simple remote control with different emoji type faces (or put stickers on an old remote) and pretend it controls your face – when
you press ‘happy’ you smile, and so on…

SILLY WALKS

Start by pretending one part of your body – a foot, a hand, a shoulder – has a life of its own and is “dragging” you along. ‘Heeeeeeeeeelp! My foot is out of control!’

(MUTE) BUTTON NOSE

As you chat to your baby, press your nose and pretend you’ve been muted. To your surprise, you keep mouthing words, but no noise comes out!
Press again, and you can make noise again.

MONKEY TEN

Yell “Monkey 10! 9, 8…” and countdown to zero while you move like monkeys. Bonus points for monkey voices, whatever they are.