Young children love to play together, but with the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, playdates with friends and games with large groups are sadly not safe ideas. Physical distancing is a responsible way to protect ourselves and others, but for little ones learning about the world around them and connecting with their peers through play, it can be especially challenging.
We've come up with some creative ways to enjoy playful moments with your child and expand their world even when physical space is limited.
Babies (0-9 months)
All you need to play this game is your hands and a sweet voice. Sit with your baby, raise your hands (or a piece of cloth) to cover your face, then remove them and say “peek-a-boo!” Your little one will delight at watching you disappear and reappear. As your baby gets older, they will start playing back with you.
See and say
Point to different things around the house while naming and describing them. “See the cat? That’s an orange cat.” This will help to build their language skills while strengthening your bond.
Sing songs with your baby and create musical instruments from safe objects you find around the house. For example, put buttons or beads inside of an empty bottle to make a shaker and secure it well. Music helps with sensory development, and holding the shaker is great for motor skills. The most important part is to get creative and – of course – to have fun!
The body game
Name your baby’s body parts and point to them to help teach names. “Where is baby’s nose? There it is!” You can point to your own as well to help your child make the connection between the two: “Where is mummy’s nose? Here it is!”