Importance of Play Ages 0-5

Babies learn many thing s about their world through play; how things work and what people are like. You and your child will find many ways to communicate and love each other when you play together. Remember to look to your baby for hints – smiles, wiggles and eye contact are sure signs your little one is ready to fun. Repeated looking away or crying are signs your baby needs a break. Any activity can be playful, whether its bath time, getting dressed or taking a walk together – have fun and spend lots of time on the floor together. This is a time to follow your child’s lead while you offer the choices and keep things safe.
When your Baby is:Try These Activities:To Teach:
0-3 Months
  • Talking while cuddling.
  • Songs and Dancing.
  • Mobiles and Rattles.
  • Have baby kick your hands.
  • Put baby on tummy when awake.
  • Read to your baby.
  • Communication/ Learning words.
  • Rhythm/ Sound.
  • Coordination/ Movement.
  • Movement/ Body Awareness.
  • Muscle Strength.
  • Learning Words/ Sight Development.
4-6 Months
  • Repeat your baby’s sounds
  • Take your baby outside – show him things that you see and name them.
  • Prop your baby up to sit on floor- have toys within baby’s reach.
  • Peek-a-boo
  • Communication/ Learning words.
  • Senses/ The world outside.
  • Exploring with their hands.
  • Cause and Effect (you laugh – he laughs)
7-9 Months
  • Putting toys in and out of a box
  • Lift baby to standing and
  • bounce or dance gently.
  • Play pattycake
  • Cause and Effect.
  • Practice walking
  • Imitation/ Eye-hand development
10-12 Months
  • Hide and Seek with toys
  • Scribbling on paper
  • Blocks, Pegboards
  • Rolling a ball to your baby
  • Read with baby turning pages
  • Naming face and body parts
  • This little Piggy/ Where is Thumbkin
  • Cause and Effect
  • Eye/Hand coordination
  • Coordination
  • Coordination/Taking turns
  • Reading
  • Learning Words/ Body awareness
  • Finger hand skills
13-18 Months
  • Songs and Dancing together
  • Play with balls
  • Story telling
  • Rhythm/ movement
  • Eye/ Hand coordination
  • Learning words/ creativity
19-24 Months
  • Trips to the park to play
  • Fantasy play (cooking/store)
  • Play time with other children
  • Simple puzzles
  • Scribbles on paper
  • Reading and having your child ‘read’ to you
  • ‘Help’ with household tasks
  • Strength/ Social skills
  • Creativity
  • Social Skills
  • Perception/ Eye hand coordination
  • Writing Skills
  • Reading/ Learning words
  • Self-Esteem