University of Illinois Extension
a guide to the business of babysitting
 

Planning Play Activities

Activities for Infants

  • Hold, rock and sing to young babies.
  • Explain what you are doing throughout the day when you change or feed them.
  • Put bright toys near babies.
  • Take them outside on nice days.
  • Give babies toys they can move and make noise with (like a rattle).
  • Play different kinds of music on the radio(keep the volume low).
  • Give them soft toys (like a stuffed animal or a clean sock) to hold and feel.
  • Have a clean space for babies to crawl. Put bright toys near babies so they can reach out or move toward them.
  • Read aloud books that have colorful pictures.
  • Remember that infants put everything in their mouths. Wash toys if they become dirty and be sure they cannot be swallowed.

Activities for: Infants | Toddlers | Preschoolers | School Age | All Ages