We made use of socks in our latest video to do some fun and educational activities with. 

Here’s a few more, age appropriate activities

3-6 Months

  • Fill a sock with a plastic shopping bag.  Close it with an elastic band or ribbon.  Roll it over your baby’s body naming the body parts as you go along.
             
  • Press the “sock” to make a noise from different areas in the room and see if he can follow where the sound is coming from.

  • Tie a rope onto one end, hang the sock within your baby’s reach and let your baby try to reach it, catch it and kick it.

        

  • Make a sock “puppet”.  Us an old sock and sew or paste anything you can find in your house resembling eyes, a nose and hair onto it.  Keep the puppet 30cm from your baby’s eyes and whilst baby is on his back, starting in the middle, move the puppet from side to side; up and down and in the shape of a lazy 8.  Make sure baby follows the puppet with his eyes, if they lose focus, start in the middle again.  Turn baby on his tummy and repeat the exercise

         

7 – 12 Months

  • Put a sock on your baby’s hands and feet – let them try and pull it off.  You can also put it on your hands asking baby to pull it off.

         

  • Stuff the sock with a plastic bag.  Tie a rope onto one end, hang the sock within your baby’s reach and let your baby try to reach it, catch it and kick it.

       

  • Make a sock “puppet”.  Use an old sock and sew or paste anything you can find in your house resembling eyes, a nose and hair onto it.  Let your baby play with it and show them the eyes, nose, mouth and hair and point to your own whilst doing this
         

13-21 and 22-36 Months

  • Put a sock on your baby’s hands and feet – let them try and pull it off.  Put it on your hand and ask baby to pull it off.
            
  • Turn the sock around with the opening facing upwards (whilst you are holding it open).  Give your baby small objects to throw into the sock. Let him take it out again and put it in a plastic container.

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    • Stuff the sock with a plastic bag (older babies can help you with this).  Tie a rope onto one end, hang the sock within your baby’s reach and let your baby catch it and kick it.  He can also hit it with a spatula.
       
    • Make a sock “puppet”.  Use an old sock and sew or paste anything you can find in your house resembling eyes, a nose and hair onto it.  Let your baby play with it and show them the eyes, nose, mouth and hair and point to your own whilst doing this. 
         

22-36 Months

  • Give your toddler a variety of socks. They have to match the correct ones together. (colour recognition/ matching/ hand-eye coordination/ sorting)
         
  • Your toddler can pick up the socks from the ground using a braai tong. (As demonstrated in the video).
            
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