Here are some fun ideas for activities to try out when your baby/toddler is moving...

Babies
• Rocking – regular rocking stimulates the vestibular system
• Objects to bat, touch and grasp
• Balls to kick with feet when lying down
• Crawling for cross-patterning, climbing
• Gentle cycle movements/stretches with legs
• Aeroplane spins – good for balance
• Wrist rattles – hand-eye co-ordination
• Baby gym – objects hanging off a pole strung over baby so they can ‘bat’ them
• Bouncing baby to music
• Rolling – helps overcome the Moro reflex
• Crawling up and down cushion hill/old table top or board propped up at one end
• Turn a cardboard box into a slide
• Rolling a ball to the toddler or rolling it just out of their reach so they have to crawl over to get it
• Rolling baby gently over a big ball
• Scooter boards underneath balloon/toy/rattle
• Use directional language
• Massaging and touching feet to stimulate the “push away” reflex
• Crawling up a slope/through a box in the door way/vary the pace and direction of crawling/different sized boxes
• Crawling through legs

Toddlers
• Throwing balls/beanbags into bucket/box
• Obstacle course with chairs to crawl under, stepping stones etc
• Push along toys
• Pouring sand/water from one jug (with handles) to another
• Balance board/rope
• Spinning tops – both ways!
• Swinging and grasping on overhead bars – twing, trapeze bars
• Following patterns of physical movement leads to them being able to make patterns on paper and then writing
• Log rolls, forward rolls, upside down hanging, ball catching, helicopter spins, marching, rope jumping, balancing
• Pulling things along
• Hanging, using the cordical hand position (monkey grip – thumb underneath the bar or object), which is the natural position for holding a pencil
• Climbing, using appropriate language (up, down etc) so child can associate word with action