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Playing with toys for your baby

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You can bring your child’s toys to life for them. This will get them excited about playing with you.

Try laying your baby on their back. Choose a soft, colourful toy they like – one that’s small enough to move around easily. Then, hold the toy a little bit in front of their face to get their attention. Move the toy from side to side.

See if your baby follows the toy with their eyes. Are they watching it? You might need to wiggle the toy or shake it to catch their attention.

You can also try funny sounds or voices to entertain them. Toys that have sounds in them work well too.

Top tip

Try playing peek-a-boo with the toy. Hide it behind your back or under a cloth 'Where's mouse gone?' and then make it reappear 'here she is!'

Good to know

This activity helps babies get good at watching things. We call this ‘visual tracking’. It’s important because it will help them when they go on to learn how to read.