Block play – Baby
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Playing with simple chunky blocks helps babies to use two hands together when holding and exploring the block.
As they grow and develop, your baby may enjoy holding a block in each hand and banging them together.
Provide the words that describe what baby is seeing and doing e.g. “blue block”, “red block”, “bang, bang, bang”.
Placing blocks into a container helps your baby practice the essential skills of grasp and controlled release.
Learning to place one block on top of another helps your baby learn about position in space and refine their placement skills.
Try providing a range of different sorts of blocks e.g. wooden, plastic, or textured. You can make light and colourful blocks out of milk cartons.
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.