I can not believe that this week Kipper turns five months! He’s coming on leap and bounds and as his routine is starting to settle down . This has given us the opportunity to enjoy some play time recently. These are some of the things which we have been getting up to.
- Peg Box – Really simple idea as Kipper is using his hands more and more so putting some pegs on a box and allowing him to pull them off and explore are the first steps to helping his fine motor skills. I chose to use wooden dolly pegs as they inevitably will end up in his mouth.
- Black and White Sensory Box – I made a few black and white toys for Kipper, as babies can focus a lot better on black and white than they colour. The contents included his first discovery bottle, ribbon rings, geometric cards and pipe cleaner bundles
- Light Play – So far our light play has been limited to flashing toy balls. You can normally pick up spiky ones in shops such as Wilkinsons or The Works. However don’t forget about your local toy libraries. I had a look through and found some larger balls with different textures. Ours has a policy that you can keep the toys for three weeks which gives us the opportunity to swap things around too. Just remember to turn the lights off or close the curtains to get the most out of them!
- Physical Play – Monkey loved to be swung in a blanket and I did think that Kipper was maybe a little young, but when we tried it out he loved a gentle swing. He also enjoys being thrown in the air now his head is strong enough.
- Ballon’s on Feet – Sometimes I can not be involved in playtime as there are chores I am trying to squeeze in before getting Monkey from school. Babies love to kick around so I tied a couple of helium balloons onto his ankles and it will keep him entertained long enough for me to put a wash out. The foil balloons means that he can see himself if they are down low. They also keep their helium for longer.
- Mirror Mirror on the wall – Kipper loves looking at himself in a mirror and I have an acrylic A3 one which is safe enough for him to lay on. This is ideal at tummy time
- Tickle Time – either with songs (round and round a garden) or just because, I love hearing his belly laugh. I have definitely identified his ticklish spot.
- Sensory Rooms – we are lucky enough to have a number of sensory rooms locally all with mirrors, bubble pipes and disco balls. Kipper loves them and will spend a whole session (half an hour) watching the lights go across the room. I would definitely recommend speaking to your health visitors to see if you have anything available locally. Ours cost £2 for half an hour so its a great cheap activity.
- Mouthing – hes a little young for a treasure basket but I have been giving him different things to explore with his mouth. Being careful that they are soft and not going to damage his little gums – such as a silicone pastry brush, teething rings and jewellery, cooking utensils (silicone) cup cake cases etc. Once he can sit unaided i will be focusing on heuristic play.
- Singing and Talking – obvious – all this about a second child being more placid and happy with their own company more than the first is not playing out with us at all. Probably because I have already spolit him and with Monkey being that bit older and just starting school Kipper is essentially an only child for elements of the day. However I still have to do the jobs of a two child house hold so I often will talk and sing to Kipper while doing chores. He loves to be sung to his little face lighting up and he will often try and join in. Perhaps because my signing is just so bad!
If you are looking for ideas for a slightly younger baby then please check out my posting on Playing with your 2 month old. I would love to hear your ideas too in the comments below as I am always on the look out for new ones.
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