The Power of Play from @DisneyBaby: Great games for tiny tots and a giveaway!

 
We all know that goofing off is good for you – as adults, we rely on moments of lightness to de-stress and create balance in our lives. For babies, play is an important part of development: babies push, press pull and pry, squeeze, squish and sniff all in an effort to understand the complex world around them. Disney Baby has some great ideas to put your little learner on the road to discovery and to help you harness the power of play.

Find the fun
Often, when parents think play they turn to toys, but objects aren’t the only way to stimulate your little one. Learn to find the fun in everyday interactions. Whether it’s splashing around in a tiny tub, playing peek-a-boo over the changing pad or giving baby a bowl to bang on while you’re cooking, there are plenty of easy ways to encourage creativity and engage your baby in a little monkey business.

Sing songs
Playing with your voice is a great way to help babies find theirs, so let go of your inhibitions and embrace your inner diva. Try making silly sounds, experimenting with volume and pitch or incorporating dance and movement to encourage different reactions in your wee one. If you’re too shy to sing, introduce your baby to different sound making objects, like these organic Minnie and Tigger plush toys, instead.

Free your fabrics
A grown up closet is a veritable treasure trove for little eyes and fingers. Pull out some of your brightest, silkiest and softest numbers and let baby explore new textures and colours. Who knows, maybe your little one will have as much fun in your closet as you do!

Embrace your inner toy
To your baby, you are the ultimate plaything. Lay down a splat mat, and get down to your little one’s level to let them engage with you. Or talk to your tot to improve language skills, and mimic actions and copy sounds to introduce baby to the art of conversation. Not only is it good for baby’s development, but getting in on the game ensures that you’ll have fun at playtime too!

No matter which tactic you try, make sure you know when to take a breather. Remember that your baby’s attention span will vary depending on age, mood and temperament, and that babies have different thresholds for stimulation.
Listen to your little ones: if they seem tired or fussy, give them a rest – it will make playing more enjoyable for both of you.

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What is your favourite game to pull out when you’re in a pinch? What was the most exciting thing you watched your wee one learn?

 


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26 COMMENTS

  1. tobyhir | 18th Nov 14

    Snakes and ladders (an original), they changed it to Chutes and Ladders. Definitely the first time she rolled over, I witnessed it, and we were both surprised! 🙂

  2. Brandee H | 18th Nov 14

    We play hide and seek or build something with blocks. Most often though we create a story together. It is a lot of fun to do together!

  3. Melanie Fee | 18th Nov 14

    We wee luv bug loves to play the memory game love reading adventure books! Watching him learn to read & love it makes my heart happy. OMGoodness, I this sweet Minnie would be perfect for my little girl on the way!! Thanks for the chance!

  4. Annie1 | 19th Nov 14

    Watching my kids take their first steps was so exciting.

    We love to play Yahtzee!

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  5. Jeannie Lam | 19th Nov 14

    WE love pulling out Cariboo or candyland when we need to do something indoor.

  6. Lynda Cook | 19th Nov 14

    Best game to play in a snap is Sorry and everyone loves playing it, and the most exciting thing was when my girls learned how to walk!!

  7. Silvia | 19th Nov 14

    Blocks and interactive books were good. With both kids it was when they said their first words that was exciting!

  8. Carole D. | 19th Nov 14

    Snack and ladders always been a favourite. When they started crawling was very exciting.

  9. blogginggal | 19th Nov 14

    The best game to pull out is Connect Four Launchers! They love it! (Suzi)

  10. Rick and Jennifer | 19th Nov 14

    Right now my favourite game to pull out in a pinch is peek-a-boo. And the most exciting thing I’ve watched her learn is probably how to turn pages in a book – books are a huge part of our lives and such a great learning adventure, so it makes me happy seeing my kids interact with books at an early age.

  11. Juliee | 19th Nov 14

    We like playing yahtzee even the little joins in with the shaking of the dice.

  12. LILLIAN BROWN | 19th Nov 14

    My Marissa was so excited to play Snakes and Ladders but hates to lose

  13. Judy C | 19th Nov 14

    I would have to pick Candyland as a favourite game to pull out! First words are always so exciting! (Judy Cowan)

  14. michelle tremblett | 19th Nov 14

    Candyland always saves the day 🙂 … my favorite moment would have to be my son learning to speak his first words 🙂

  15. krisha44 | 19th Nov 14

    Guess who 🙂
    and definitely when my daughter laughed for the first time

  16. Sue2Sueper | 19th Nov 14

    I like to pull out puzzles.

  17. Darlene w | 20th Nov 14

    Puzzle and match games

  18. Viv Sluys | 20th Nov 14

    Peek-a-boo is my go to for babies. My older kids have been loving Uno, Monopoly Jr. and Spot It lately.

  19. Viv Sluys | 20th Nov 14

    I loved/love watching my kids drawing skills develop. From the their first time holding a pencil crayon and just barely making marks, to giant scribbles, to more shape like scribbles that they tell you are something to being able to recognize what they drew etc

  20. flowerchild | 20th Nov 14

    We like to play cards and candyland.
    thanks

  21. Nicky | 21st Nov 14

    love ‘connect 4’ and ‘uno’. fun to see kids learn and develop their strategy skills!

  22. Victoria Ess | 21st Nov 14

    We love to play I spy. I watched her learn to stand up.

  23. pippirose | 22nd Nov 14

    Definitely Peek-a-Boo. And Itsy Bitsy Spider, or other finger play songs. She just loves them all !

  24. Monique L.S. | 23rd Nov 14

    My daughter is young, so she doesn’t really have games yet. She loves building with her blocks, so those always work well to keep her entertained.

  25. Amie | 23rd Nov 14

    Candy Land , great first came for kids! We have the disney version 😀

  26. Julie Bolduc | 25th Nov 14

    Peek a boo for sure its soooo cute

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