What to do with this activity?
Play is very important for your child's development. Through play a child discovers and responds to their world, learning by exploring and experimenting.
You might like to look at the tip sheets on play produced by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). The NCCA develop the pre-school, primary and post-primary curriculums. Click here for:
Tip sheet for parents of babies from 0-18 months
Tip sheet for parents of babies from 12 months to 3 years
These tip sheets are available in Irish, Romanian, Polish, Portugeuse, French, Chinese and Lithuanian, click here for the link (and then search for your language).
If you would like to read more about why play is so important for your baby, the Baby Center has more detail.
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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