“Round & Round the Garden, Like a Teddy Bear…One Step…Two Steps…Tickle You Under There!”
Explore your little one’s creativity & imagination with these Garden Themed Activities for Babies!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Pots for paint
- Baby safe finger paint (you can easily make your own – How to make baby safe finger paints)!
HOW TO PLAY:
Let baby make marks with a range of different coloured paints to represent the flowers. Give them green paint to add on the grass / stems or you join in, but don’t go all Van Gogh just let them have fun even if it looks nothing like a garden!!!
They will love the feel of the paint & getting messy – great sensory play! You’ll be using non-toxic & tasteless paint so, although we don’t recommend eating it, if it does go into little one’s mouth it’s safe, but hopefully won’t be nice enough for them to want to repeat!!! When done, probably time for a bath!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Either paint directly onto baby’s hand or for older ones put paint into a flat container & get them to put their hands in palm down.
- Gently press their hands down onto the card to make the prints.
- Make as many hand prints with your baby as you wish. Let the paint dry & then cut around the hand prints.
- Stick the hand-prints together into a flower shape.
- Tape the flower shape to the straw stem
- You may want to make some leaves to go on your stem – hand-prints or green card.
Display your hand-print flowers as you wish. You could also stick your flowers onto card or into a book & draw the stem instead of using a straw.
These flowers are a great way of recording, and making a keepsake of, your baby’s hand-print.
What are the key things you are helping your little one to do?
- Explore what happens when they use their hands and fingers
- Explore & play with lots of different things to find out what they can do with them