The A-Z of Playing With Your Baby

The A-Z of Playing With Your Baby

A whole 26 weeks ago…  Okay, a whole 30 weeks ago I started a challenge to come up with 26 different ways of playing with your baby.  As part of my #ABC123 challenge I managed it, I followed the alphabet and have got 26 ways to play.  I did miss a couple of weeks, but I came back the following week and continued on.

It’s been a really interesting project, especially from the aspect of commitment to writing a specific blog post each week.  A bit like a deadline or even homework and on occasions it’s been difficult.  There were some letters I really struggled to play with but that is the nature of the challenge.  Looking back now there are some letters that I’d have probably done differently.

When I started this challenge I was a fairly novice blogger.   At most I’d have been blogging a month or two.  This process has really helped find a style of writing that I am happy with.  So please go ahead and have a look through my A-Z of playing with a baby:

26 Ways to PLAYing with your baby - Follow the letters of the alphabet in this fun challenge

Having cuddle and physical play has been very important to our bond.  The Robot loves to climb all over me and sit on my knee and it’s that special kinda play that makes me all warm and squishy.  As he grows I’ll get less cuddles so things like playing airplanes or reading books is really important to us.

Airplanes

Books

Cooking

Ducks

Edible Paint

26 Ways to PLAYing with your baby - Follow the letters of the alphabet in this fun challenge

You can’t beat a little bit of messy play.  If you just accept things are going to get mucky and have plenty of towels and wipes around, old clothes and an open mind your child will hopefully love it!

Finger Painting

Guitar

Hand Painting

Ice Play

Jelly

26 Ways to PLAYing with your baby - Follow the letters of the alphabet in this fun challenge

One thing is for sure is that you really don’t need lots of expensive plastic toys to enjoy play time with your kids.  My son loves playing with the pots and pans in the kitchen.  The outdoors is equally as important.  Exploring in the mud and playing with stones or twigs is the right of passage for little ones.  Let them explore!

Kitchen

Lights

Mirrors

Nature

Outdoors

26 Ways to PLAYing with your baby - Follow the letters of the alphabet in this fun challenge

A bit of junk, a cardboard box, newspaper are all brilliant ways to play and keep my son occupied for ages.  His favourite is shower painting, non toxic paint, a brush and the side of the bath and he’s super happy.

Park

Quiet time

Rubbish Ramps and Racing Cars

Shower Painting

Tug Box Fun

Underwater Sea Foam

26 Ways to PLAYing with your baby - Follow the letters of the alphabet in this fun challenge

Sometimes a play activity can completely fail.   We tried to make slime for X and it was an epic fail.  We’ll try it again one day!

Velcro

Water Beads

Xanthan Gum Fun

Yellow Sensory Bin

Zoo

The last big positive is that I’ve been able to play with my son, the Robot.  In lots of different imaginative ways that if I hadn’t have followed this challenge then I probably would never have tried it.

Playing with our children is so important and if you’re reading this I urge you to give some of them a go. You might be surprised how enjoyable they are.

 

This post belongs to my #ABC123 blogging challenge.  Why not give it a go?

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27 Comments

  1. Kirsty - Motherhoodery

    Brilliant post for ideas! I’m always struggling so this is ideal. Loving the sound of edible paint and jelly, although I think I’d do them in the garden or in the bath as your friend said! Saw your comment above and agree you’ll get more reaction now he’s older. I tried a few things with my rocket man when he was quite small and he just looked at me like I was mad! Think he’d get properly stuck in now x #TribalChat

  2. Great ideas. The best thing I ever made for the twins when they were little (er) was a busy texture box. I basically filled a box with items of different textures and they pulled stuff out of the box like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. They also have two older sisters so I dont think I have even bought them more than five toys…and they are TWO.

    #familyfun
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