What to do with this activity?
Sponges are not just for bathtime, although they are great fun there. Let your child enjoy soaking up water with a sponge and transferring it into a little basin or bucket. See how much water a sponge can hold.
There's other fun stuff you can do with sponges. You can cut out simple shapes from sponge, like a heart shape, or a house, or an apple shape. Then dip one side of it in paint and use it to stamp a repeated pattern on paper.
Or attach a clothes peg to a small piece of sponge, dip the sponge in paint, and use it like a paint brush. It means your hands won't get quite as mucky.
Why am I doing this?
Play is one of the main ways that babies and toddlers learn about the world – it’s also one of the most effective ways they learn. When a child plays they refine learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond.
How can I do more?
As a parent, you are your child’s best playmate so try to spend time every day playing together. As your baby gets older, don’t try to teach them anything during play. They will learn best if they choose what to play and you follow their lead.
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