What to do with this activity?
Big chunky plastic building blocks are a great toy for your baby as soon as they can sit up. At first they might just reach for a block and try to grasp it. As they grow older they might put one on top of another, sort them into colours, or arrange the blocks in a pattern.
Sit down on the floor with your baby and talk to them while you play together - "Where will I put the blue one?" ; "Will I put this one on top of the red one?". Playing with building blocks helps develop motor and spatial skills, language skills and visual perception.
If you would like to read more about the benefits of play with building blocks click here.
Why am I doing this?
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.
How can I do more?
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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