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Play and Development Guide

Babies and children learn about the world through their senses.

Through Sight your baby/child will learn to:Sight

  • Develop hand eye co-ordination
  • Develop physical skills
  • Judge how far away objects are

You can make your child's world rich in visual sights by:

  • Placing a colourful mobile over your baby's change tables
  • Playing near bright coloured objects or lights
  • Playing games like 'Peek-a-boo' & 'Round and Round the Garden'
  • Passing or throwing a ball to her

Sound and voices will help your baby/child to:Sound

  • Tell one sound from another
  • Recognise familiar voices and sounds that sooth and stimulate
  • Attach a feeling to a sound
  • Learn words and how to have conversations
  • Develop thinking and intelligence

 You can make your child's world rich in sound by:

  • Talking with them about the everyday things you're doing
  • Making music with household objects
  • Singing songs and rhymes
  • Reading to them
  • Playing music

Through Taste your baby/child will learn to:Taste

  • Speak
  • Feel secure and comforted
  • Develop an awareness of food
  • Develop hand eye co-ordination
  • Recognise hunger and fullness

You can provide your child with opportunities to mouth, chew, lick & suck by:

  • Offering foods with a variety of tastes, textures and shapes
  • Allowing them to suck their fingers or toes
  • Providing safe objects to suck/teeth on

 Through Smell your baby/child will learn to:Smell

  • Attach a feeling to a smell
  • Feel safe and comforted

Expose your child to a variety of:

  • Familiar cooking smells
  • Food smells and herbs
  • Familiar body smells
  • Garden smells

Touch & Movement will help your baby/child to:Touch & movement

  • Develop feelings
  • Develop thinking skills
  • Develop physical skills
  • Relax and settle
  • Grow

You can provide lots of touch and movement through:

  • Cuddles and massages
  • Rocking and patting games
  • Clapping, tickling games
  • Feeling a variety of textured materials

Parents Learning About You (PLAY)

A series of 4 videos for parents of children of 0 to 5 year olds.  This series looks at how everyday activities can be used to enhance a child's development.  The program includes different ways children play. how children learn language and communication skills through play, and how parents can assist children to learn new skills.

Ordering PLAY series.

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