More Lockdown Play Ideas for Babies & Toddlers

Living in lockdown certainly comes with its challenges. We've all needed to adjust to a new and sometimes not so comfortable normal as we try to balance housework, our jobs and caring for our families. This is our first blog on lock down play and we will continue to bring you more over the coming weeks.

Keeping little ones stimulated is essential for their physical, mental and sensory wellbeing. Just as your little one needs to eat, so too does he need to move, touch, see, hear and smell for the sake of his growth and development.

Wriggles and Giggles sessions provide lots of stimulus for your early years child from newborn. Each activity we share with you you can repeat at home. Our leader with 30 years of child care and child psychology knowledge and experience shares with with you lots of tips and advice on positive parenting too and new fresh ideas to take the stress out of parenting all abilities for the best outcome. You can contact us and register your interest to be the first to receive information of when sessions will return and any live online sessions and small group sessions while restrictions are in place. or the contact form under contact tab of website.

At Wriggles and Giggles Sessions we repeat activities that will help with all stages of development from birth to 5 years We also help with ideas to take home and parenting tips and techniques. To join a group in Yarm, Darlington, Hartburn, Ingleby Barwick, Newton Aycliffe send us an email

Unfortunately, if you do not provide the space for your little human to receive this sensory input, he may find inappropriate ways of getting this crucial sensory food - such as by pulling and hanging on you!

Finding stimulating activity ideas may seem like a daunting task for an already overwhelmed parent, but luckily, our homes no matter what the size provides all the necessary opportunities (and equipment) for stimulating fun. With minimal effort, you can transform your home into a sensory play-heaven. You will all be much happier and calmer for it!

Bash-crash play

Children need to stimulate their proprioceptive system. This body position sense is vital for balance and core strength but also nourishes their sensory system. Look for opportunities for rough-and-tumble play with jumping, bashing, crashing, falling and rolling.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

The bed

The bed (if you don't own a trampoline) is the best place for this kind of sensory play. Are your children allowed to jump on the bed in your home? If not typically, you may decide to relax this rule during lockdown and get your little ones jumping!

Pillow fights

Rough and tumble play with mom and dad is great for big proprioceptive meals. Pillow fights, rolling around on the bed or building pillow mountains to climb and crash off, will meet your child's need for bashing, crashing, falling and playing.

Pillow mountains

If jumping on the bed is not allowed, collect cushions and pillows of different sizes and pile them up in the corner of a room. Then watch how your little one loves diving into and crashing off of this pillow mountain!

We have sensory bags available to purchase on our website at the link below. Each bag also includes unlimited access to our interactive online videos for early years

Pillow crash bags

A single duvet cover works well to make a crash bag. Fill it with pillows, cushions and soft teddies then pretend your little one is in the washing machine and shake him all about on the bed while he lies in the duvet cover.

A good time of the day for bash-crash type play is between 3 and 5pm, just before the bedtime routine. You will notice that around this time of the day, your little one is seeking this kind of input. Follow his lead and create more intense play opportunities for proprioceptive stimulation.

Movement encouraging play

Children need to move more than adults do because their vestibular or movement sense is still developing. Swinging provides the most intensive vestibular input but rocking, walking running or even lying on a couch with your head down while looking at the ceiling is great.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Swings and skateboards