Young children learn through play. When young children are actively involved in their own learning and having fun at it, they learn better. You can support their learning by engaging them playfully in everyday activities. The activities on our site are based on everyday experiences, use materials commonly found in the home, and most importantly designed to encourage children’s healthy development in all areas (physical, social emotional, language and literacy, and cognitive).


A soothing activity for baby

What You Need:

  • Blanket

  • Soothing music (optional)

What To Do:

  1. Place baby on her back on a blanket and turn on soft soothing music.

  2. Gently stroke away from the heart (shoulder to wrist) for relaxation.

  3. Name baby’s body parts as you massage (e.g., “Let’s massage your arm.”)

  4. Gently hold baby’s thigh, gently squeezing and stroking all the way to the ankle.

  5. Draw tiny circles on baby’s head with your fingers.

  6. Draw an oval on baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction to aid digestion.

  7. If baby starts to fuss or turn away at any time, that’s okay. You can always try again when she is ready.