What to do with this activity?
As soon as your baby can sit up without support, they are ready to play all sorts of new games. You can put some toys near them on a clean floor and they will learn to reach and grab.
You don't need to have lots of conventional or expensive toys. There are many items around the house, especially the kitchen, that can be great fun to play with. For instance, a tin or silicone baking tray for muffins or buns is a great item for learning play. If you don't have one, use the indented cardboard, plastic or polystyrene trays that fruit sometimes comes in.
Find small items or toys to put into each hollow and show your baby how to lift them out and put them back again. Choose the items carefully - not too small, nothing sharp, no choking hazards. Recycled small plastic bottles or cartons, plastic biscuit cutters, plastic bricks or balls, all make good items to place in the muffin tin. Count out loud as you pop items into each space and your child will begin to get familiar with counting and numbers.
Children learn about numbers in a natural way through play and by counting real things in their everyday lives. The repetition of numbers in a fun way helps children remember the sequence of 1, 2, 3. Movement and rhymes also make it easier for a child to remember sounds – that’s why nursery rhymes are so great.
When out shopping, count food items with your child as you put them into your trolley. If you’re saying a nursery rhyme why not shake a plastic bottle filled with rice or small stones to the rhythm to make more noise.
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