Baby Playtime and Learning
Exploration and discovery are key elements for baby playtime. Toys and games for learning encourage your baby to use new senses while interacting with the external world. From movement, to touch, sight and sound, your baby will delight in sensory experiences that teach new skills as he or she continues to develop and grow.
Gently shaking a rattle in front of your baby and moving it from the right side to the left side of your baby’s face is a great game for newborns and up. This helps your baby learn to track movement and focus on sounds for visual and hearing development. At around five months of age, your baby may be able to hold the rattle and pass it from hand to hand, which helps to stimulate motor development.
More than just an adorable nursery accessory, a baby mobile is a great way to prompt your baby’s senses with movement, bright colours, shapes and sound. It encourages your baby to focus, and helps in learning to differentiate objects and control the direction of gaze.
Made of cloth, soft blocks and plush toys are a great way to improve your baby’s motor skills. These include grabbing, holding, mouthing, stacking and tossing. Soft blocks often come in colourful designs and many make noise when shaken or squeezed. And the soft, plush design will prevent injuries no matter how hard your baby learns to throw.
Cloth baby books with images of everyday objects, faces, and animals are another great toy for babies. Bold, bright pictures will grab your baby’s attention, while the soft cloth design and rounded edges can survive chewing, tossing and lots of baby-handling. Touch and feel books are another great option, teaching your baby tactile interaction with the world. They feature padded covers, simple images, and an amazing range of novelty textures.
Baby Bath Games and Bath Toys
Bath time is a great opportunity to combine learning and play. Bath toys like rubber ducks, stacking cups, squirting toys, and floating foam letters and numbers help your baby improve motor skills like hand-eye coordination. That’s because things in the tub move around while floating — especially when there’s lots of splashing! Bath games can also help build those little baby muscles: it provides a little bit of resistance but objects can still be moved and manipulated underwater.
Baby Jumpers with Activity Centres
Some baby jumpers feature built-in activity centres complete with sound, colour, lights, and attached soft toys for learning and fun. These types of jumpers can help improve motor skills and promote the development of sight and hearing. Leg strength and arm strength are also enhanced as your baby learns to stand independently on two feet.
Baby Gyms and Playmats
As your baby becomes more active, baby gyms and playmats are a great way to keep your little one active and entertained. They come in a variety of designs and shapes, with different interactive features. Various lights and noisemakers serve to develop sight and hearing. Motor skill development is helped by plush toys that your baby can squeeze, touch, grab or spin — all in a safe play area that offers your baby comfort and freedom of movement.
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