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We know babies love looking at faces, listening to sounds, shaking and banging so I thought, why not combine all of these things for baby G’s activity today!

For this, you will need:

  • a transparent tub with a lid
  • photographs of relatives (I used her brother and cousins today)
  • rice (or alternative to make a rattling sound)
  • self-adhesive address labels or something sticky

Rattling Relatives

Firstly, I lined the inside of the tub with faces of G’s cousins and her brother. Once they were in place, I used the labels to secure them.  I also lined the lid of the pot with another cousin’s face so that faces could be seen all around the tub.

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Finally, I put a small amount of rice inside the tub and put the lid on.

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The rattle was ready to go!  As soon as G saw the faces, she got super excited.  Not that she recognised them (I don’t think!) but babies like pretty much any faces. G liked patting the rattle and I shook it to show her that it made a sound…

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Once I had shaken it, G wanted it all for herself and kept grabbing at it.  I made sure I moved the tub around so that she could see the different faces.

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G got her hands on the tub and tried her hardest to bang it.  She didn’t manage it during the first play and kept missing… this is a great way to rehearse her hand-eye coordination as well as an enjoyable sensory experience for her ears and eyes.

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As G is mastering sitting up independently, I used the rattle to get her to look up and move around as she sat, to encourage her core stability to strengthen in different positions.

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After our coffee out, G came home and got stuck into the rattle again. I was trying to feed her as she’s started her weaning but she kept reaching for the rattle – so I gave up and let her have a play.  Totally my fault for leaving it in sight!

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G then had another ‘sitting unaided’ session and managed to bang the tub like a drum… yippee!  G also discovered, much to her frustration, that when she pushed it on it’s side, it rolled away!  A nice and simple activity for all under one.  Older babies would also be excited to recognise the photo’s of the extended family members, whereas G is still focussed on Mummy, Daddy and J right now!

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