Autumn Play – Baby
Autumn is a great time to take your baby outside to enjoy new experiences and learn more about their world. Autumn is a chance for babies to learn about the way nature changes – cooler weather, leaves falling etc.
Did you know?
Spending time in nature can have a calming effect on babies, children and adults.
Watch what captures your baby’s attention. Talk about what they can see, hear and smell in the natural environment. This gives your baby words to go with each new experience.
You can sing songs about what you are seeing and experiencing while you are outside e.g. “I can sing a rainbow”. The rhythm of songs captures your baby’s attention and can also be very calming.
Enjoy some quiet time together as you watch clouds and trees move. Listen to the birds and chirping crickets.
Draw your baby’s attention to falling autumn leaves or a tree blowing in the breeze. This helps develop their eye movements (known as visual tracking).
Babies delight in exploring and discovering using all their senses. You can make simple “discovery bottles” for your baby to explore. To make one of these bottles you can put pebbles, gumnuts, petals, or leaves into a tightly sealed clear plastic bottle. You can add water to the bottle or leave it dry. These make a safe sensory play activity that engages several senses at once e.g. sight, touch, sound.
Always use sun protection when exploring outside. Some plants are not safe to touch or taste. KidSafe WA have a fact sheet on toxic plants which you can find on their website.
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.