Summer play – Baby
Summer is a wonderful time for babies to expand their world by exploring with you outdoors.
Did you know?
Children who often play in nature are less likely to get sick! Your baby’s immune system is stimulated by exposure to different plants, soils and water – so getting out and about early is good for your baby’s health as well as great fun!
Watch what catches your baby’s attention and name or describe it for them e.g. “Oh it’s wet!” “There’s a plane”, etc. Slowing down and seeing the world through your baby’s eyes can be one of the joys of parenting.
Babies learn by engaging their senses, and nature provides the perfect platform for your baby to explore with their eyes, ears, nose, hands, feet and even through taste!
The warmer weather may inspire a trip to the beach, river or watering hole – where exciting discoveries and sensations await! Putting their feet in running water, sitting on the sand or grass, or watching waves crash at the ocean are all different sensory experiences that help your baby learn about the world.
Why not park your baby’s pram under a tree? Babies eyes are first attracted to contrast between light and dark. They can be fascinated by the movement of the leaves.
Try singing songs to your baby about the environment you’re in e.g. “Oh Mr Sun”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, or “The Ants go marching in”.
Remember to always supervise babies around water and protect their delicate skin from UV rays.
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.