Having been a doctor for the last 10 years, working every day with babies and children, I thought I was pretty well-placed to know everything-about-everything when Doof was born. However I soon learnt being a mum is very different to being a doctor...
Monday, 23 March 2015
How to make tummy time fun... and sociable
And get your baby to create their first masterpiece at the same
To be honest having strict "tummy time" doesn't
really happen here anymore as Iz can roll whichever way she wants but she
definitely prefers sitting or lying on her back so I'm always looking for ways
to make her enjoy being on her tummy more.
This play has a super simple set up. Just place a piece of
paper in a ziplock bag, squirt in a few blobs of paint and tape it to the
floor/mat/whatever - I used our tuff spot (although think it probably wasn't the
comfiest surface for tummy time!). That's it :)
What's he doing?
Smooooosh the paint
Ooooo paint circles
Crikey, he's still going strong....
Iz and D both really enjoyed this activity. I loved how she
watched to see what he was doing. And he had so much fun talking about the
colours, mixing them together and then tracing different shapes in the paint
(he's just learnt shape names in the last few weeks). I was actually surprised
at how long this kept D's attention and he even went back to it twice more
later in the afternoon.
Busy busy busy
Love watching them interact together
Stamping is just as fun
And at the end you can carefully peel back the plastic bag,
let the paint dry and there you have it, your baby's first masterpiece!
So proud of Iz's first picture :)
It's not always easy for toddler and baby siblings to do
exactly the same activity so I loved watching them side-by-side doing this.
Have you got any ideas for play that could involve them both? I'd love to hear
more suggestions :)