04 June 2024

International Day of Play

The very first International Day of Play is just around the corner. Are you ready? Learn more out about this historic moment and how you can take part.  arrow, What is the International Day of Play?, The International Day of Play is a time to celebrate the power of play. It’s a time to raise awareness about how central play is to every child’s development and well-being. And it’s a time when we can come together to make sure that every child is able to fulfil their right to play.  Bir baba ve oğul bahçede oynuyor., Why is play so important?, Play isn’t just fun, it’s fundamental to children’s development. Play creates powerful learning opportunities – intellectual, social, emotional and physical. Through play, children make connections with others, build leadership skills, develop resilience, navigate challenges and conquer their fears., When is the International Day of Play?, The first ever International Day of Play will take place on 11 June 2024., What’s planned?, There will be a special event at the UN headquarters in New York to mark the first International Day of Play. National events and online activities will be happening around the world. bir anne ve oğul bahçede oturuyor., What can I do?, You can take part right from home – whether it’s trying out new play ideas with your children or helping raise awareness with your friends, families and networks about the power of play. And remember, there's no need to wait until 11 June – everyday is an opportunity for playful moments!
04 June 2024

21 learning activities for babies and toddlers

Curious about what to do with your baby all day? Play is an important part of your child’s learning and growth – it's how they explore their environment, practice developing skills and bond with their caregivers (that’s you!). As your baby grows, playtime will evolve based on what developmental skills they are working on. Ready to get started? We…, Activities for 2-month-olds, Tap along Place your baby on their back and sing them a song. As you sing, tap the bottoms of their feet in time with the song. How your baby benefits: This game is great for developing listening skills. Your little one will delight at hearing your voice and the tapping adds a new way to experience singing songs together. Chit chat Face your baby…, Activities for 4-month-olds, Story time Read and look at baby books together. Point to the objects, animals or plants on the pages and name them. How your baby benefits: Making time to read together promotes bonding, language skills and visual development. Texture talk Give your baby different fabrics to feel and use words to describe them such as “smooth” or “rough.” How…, Activities for 6-month-olds, Let’s get rolling! Place your baby on their back or tummy on a safe surface and place their favourite toy or another baby safe object just out of reach. Encourage them to roll over to reach for the toy. How your baby benefits: This game helps support your baby’s gross motor skill development by working on a big milestone like rolling over. Go…, Activities for 9-month-olds, Copy cat Observe what your baby does and copy their actions. This lets your little one take the lead! How your baby benefits: By showing interest and placing importance in what your baby does, you’re helping them to develop their social and emotional skills. Independent explorer Let your baby explore your home on their own but stay close by to…, Activities for 1-year-olds, Hide and search Hide toys or other baby-safe objects under a towel or blanket while you play together. Encourage your little one to find it and help them if they need it by pulling it out and saying “here it is!”. How your baby benefits: This kind of play teaches your baby all about object permanence: Even if you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s…, Activities for 18-month-olds, Walking buddy Encourage your toddler to walk with you in a safe space as soon as they are able. Go slowly to match their pace. How your child benefits: Your little one will feel more confident practicing their new skill with you by their side. It’s also a great way for you to enjoy getting exercise together! Make believe Encourage pretend play…, Activities for 2-year-olds, Household helper Invite your toddler to help with age-appropriate tasks around the house such as sorting clothes or serving food. Try to turn it into a game and let them know that they’re a great helper! How your child benefits: Including your child in household activities helps to foster independence and build self-esteem by letting them know…
01 July 2020

Playtime, anytime!

In the first 1,000 days of life (first 3 years), your child’s brain develops faster than at any other time. Even more incredible is that before young children can even talk,  you  can help with that brain building. How? Through serve and return! >>Watch Building babies’ brains through play: Mini Parenting Master Class   With help from our…, The 'name game',   Günlük işlerinizi, çocuğunuzun öğrenme ve beyin gelişimi için oyun dolu anlara dönüştürün. Add some fun to your morning routine! Dressing your child is a great opportunity to help her make important language connections. As you observe her interest in each article of clothing you put on, give them names. For example, as you hold up her shirt,…, Food time fun!, Günlük işlerinizi, çocuğunuzun öğrenme ve beyin gelişimi için oyun dolu anlara dönüştürün. Explore your kitchen with your child – it’s full of exciting sights, colours, shapes and smells for your baby to explore. Support and encourage your child’s curiosity by paying close attention to what your child is looking at, interested in and reacting to.…, Bath time play, Günlük işlerinizi, çocuğunuzun öğrenme ve beyin gelişimi için oyun dolu anlara dönüştürün. Grab some bath toys or a ball and get ready to play! Let your baby pick the toy that grabs her interest first. Play with her back and forth, and when she’s ready to move to the next toy make a point to acknowledge the end of her time with the first toy by…, Point and learn, Günlük işlerinizi, çocuğunuzun öğrenme ve beyin gelişimi için oyun dolu anlara dönüştürün. Whether it’s in the car or around the neighbourhood, there are lots of things to see when walking outside. Pay attention to what your baby seems interested in through his gestures, gaze or sounds and point to it while telling your baby what it is: “Oh do you…, Food swap, Günlük işlerinizi, çocuğunuzun öğrenme ve beyin gelişimi için oyun dolu anlara dönüştürün. When feeding your baby a snack, take turns in who does the feeding. Feed her one piece and let her pick up the next piece herself. Even if it takes some time, wait for your child to respond. Taking turns helps build her confidence and social skills. This…
29 May 2020

Indoor play ideas to stimulate young children at home

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…, Babies 0-9 months, Peek-a-boo! 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, she will start playing back with you. See and say Point to…, Toddlers 1-2 years, Box car Find an empty box/carton and place your child in it safely with some soft blankets to keep her comfortable. Then, pull the box around while making car noises: “vroom vroom!” She will have fun zipping around the house in her new go mobile (and you’ll get some exercise, too!). If space is limited, you can still have the same effect by moving…, Pre-school children 3-4 years, Dress up Grab some different fabrics and clothing and encourage your little one to make a pretend costume out of what you have. Then, play a game together based on what he chooses. Who knows what adventures you’ll have! “I’m going to catch you!” Play the “I’m going to catch you!” game around the house by playfully chasing your child around your…, Young children 5-8 years, Obstacle race Create an obstacle course using furniture, pillows, and toys – anything safe and soft. Show him how to move through it and have him try to go through as fast as he can. Time him, and try to get him to beat his record every time he goes through! Wash away! Grab some toys that can safely go in the water, fill up a bucket and let the…