EYFS Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making Relationships
ELG: Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others.
Birth to 11 months: Responds to what carer is paying attention to, e.g. following their gaze.
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Through everyday interactions with familiar people, babies are learning about who they are. Playing with babies helps them to learn how communication works between themselves and others. As carers interpret their baby’s different ways of communicating their needs and wants (like in play scenarios), the baby learns how much they are valued and forms positive relationships.
Invite your baby to enjoy this simple sledding activity. Lay a small blanket or piece of cardboard on the floor and place baby, tummy down, on it. Have their arms out or at their side and ensure that they are comfortable. Stay close with your face near the baby’s as you slide the blanket gently and slowly. Older babies may begin to use their arms to move themselves forward, this will enable them to practise the skills needed for crawling. Sing the following song as you slide the baby.
Baby’s Sled Song (To the tune of ‘Jingle Bells’)
(Chorus):Oh baby’s sled, baby’s sled,
It’s fun on baby’s sled,
Oh what fun it is to ride
Sledding all the way, yaaayyy…
(Verse) Snowing all of the day,
On baby’s blanket sled,
“Wheeeee” the baby says,
Sledding all the way.