Fun with things that go – Baby
A toy vehicle is excellent motivation at tummy time.
Rolling the vehicle just out of reach can encourage your baby to reach and move.
Did you know?
Things that move, like toy vehicles, hold your baby’s attention.
Exploring the toy and how it moves provides a foundation for learning to use their bodies and hands and their ability to make things happen.
They are learning about themselves and their world.
When you are playing with your baby say things like “broom, broom, beep, beep” as you push the toy car and “chuff, chuff, chuff, toot, toot” as you push a toy train. This is important because making noises for things is a step towards using words for babies.
A colourful vehicle is excellent motivation at tummy time. Tummy time helps babies develop movement control by strengthening head, neck and body muscles.
Try moving the vehicle slowly from side to side – most baby’s will start to follow it with their eyes (tracking). This builds their visual skills. Visual skills are important for all other learning.
Your baby is also developing hand-eye coordination as they reach for and manipulate the toy vehicle.
Older babies learn about cause and effect when they push a toy car and it rolls off the table or push a button to make a toy car move.
Make sure toys have no small pieces that can become a choking hazard. Avoid toys with batteries that your baby may be able to get in to.
Across the ages
Activities listed under “baby” are suitable for children under 12 months. This age is largely about babies exploring their own bodies and the world around them from the safety of a close relationship with their caregiver.