Fun in Everyday Moments

Why it’s important to know

• The daily tasks that parents need to do - things like feeding their children, bathing them, and going to the supermarket can be a time where they bond with their babies and enjoy the time together.

. Interacting through play has a positive impact on a child's confidence, language skills, sense of security, social skills ... and lots more

Summary of  how to connect through play:

• Refer to detailed handout link below for info for each stage

VIDEO

HANDOUT

CRAFT: DECORATE A MYSTERY BOX

Mother and Baby Exercising
Power of Music for Brain Building

Why it’s important to know:

• Besides being fun, music can have a big impact on physical, emotional and cognitive development. 

. Listening and playing music improve a child's concentration, motor skills and positively influence imagination, creativity and language.

Summary of  how to promote music:

. Listen to music

. Sing with your child

. Dance, clap

. Make musical instruments

VIDEO

HANDOUT

CRAFT: TOILET ROLL KAZOO

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Screentime Diversions

Why it’s important to know:

. The American Association of Pediatricians recommends that screentime should be avoided until 2 years old - other than for parent assisted face-to-face calls with family members

. Baby's brains get strong at what parents give access to. If you want your child to be a strong reader or have good fine and gross motor skills, make opportunities to practice those things.

. Modeling is important. Create a family technology plan.

Summary of how to to move away from screens

. Model restraint around your own use of technology

. Give limited access to screens. Always have a book or small toy on hand for distraction. If you don't start a habit of giving a phone to a baby, they're less likely to ask for it.

VIDEO (And short article)

HANDOUT 

SUPPLEMENTARY ARTICLE

CRAFT: Make things for a scavenger hunt to do at home; Peek-a-boo, etc.

Toddler with Toys
Serve + Return

Why it’s important to know

• Parents daily actions and interactions with their children have a big impact on brain development, starting before babies have language

• Parents daily actions and interactions with their children have a big impact on brain development, starting before babies have language

Summary of  how to do:

• Share their interest, note what they point to

•Support through being animated and positive

• Give things a name - whether in a book, street ... anywhere

• Interact by taking turns and allow for time; praise positively

• Practice beginnings and endings; share their interest

VIDEO

HANDOUT

SUPPLEMENTARY ARTICLE

CRAFT: DIY bowling game

Playing with Toys

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