SOUND HUNTERS

Make a sound (woof like a dog, rumble like a washing machine) and ask your wee one to find
or point to the object that makes the same sound. Start with sounds in the same room, then expand to sounds from around the home or even outside.

DANCING CHEEK TO CHEEK

Next time you’re having a kitchen disco, say”Dancing cheek to cheek!” then dance with yourcheek against theirs as you count to 8. Vary theshapes and moves you make by naming differentbody parts – “dancing knee to shoulder” anyone?

SAME, BUT DIFFERENT

Wee ones often love handing objects to adults – it’s a great way of communicating what they’re interested in. Name the object and try to match it to something the same colour, shape or texture. “That’s blue teddy – what else is blue?”

SING WHAT YOU SAY

Has everyone stopped listening? Start singing! Singing what you need to say is a great way to help wee ones listen, whether its their name, to tell them dinner is ready, or to show how you feel.

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.

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…

THE STORY OF YOU

“Once upon a time there was a little girl called…” Tell your child about themselves, focussing on their successes: how they tried and tried until they learned to roll over, how they used to pull themselves up on the side of their cot to build their muscles, etc.

(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.

BA-BY DOUG DOO-DOO-DOO DOO-DOO-DOO

Change the words of favourite songs (like Baby Shark) or nursery rhymes to try and make each other laugh. Babies and young children react to
funny faces and voices as much as the lyrics.

YOU’VE BEEN FRAMED

Create a piece of art by laying out natural materials (leaves, sticks, stones etc) in a frame on the ground. The frame can be made of sticks, tape, anything that that helps focus the eye.