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:
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?