Tiny Tinkering


You can still tinker when you’re under 12 months old

Your littlest one is curious about our world and can’t wait to explore. Babies apply their current favourite methods of physical exploration regardless of the object.

Their actions are powered by curiosity and the delight of physical sensations. They have no sense of danger, nor of what are 'baby toys' and what are not. It is your job as a helpful adult to watch carefully and to make the situation safe by your friendly involvement in the playful exploration. In a family home, you might need gently to remove objects that are unsafe or move the baby away from temptation.

In a nursery, babies are less likely to encounter common home hazards. So your task is to ensure that this different way of organising care has not removed babies from interesting contact with ordinary events and routines.

Here are some of the skills that tiny tinkerers will develop and do while exploring objects:

  • Grasp and hold the object
  • Wave it
  • Look intently at it
  • Squeeze it
  • Chew it
  • Suck it
  • Pull it
  • Bang it
  • Throw it
  • Poke it
  • Poke you!
  • Drop it
  • Explore from different angles, upside down…

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Top Tip

Always stay with your baby when they are laying on their tummy and when exploring objects. It is vital that the objects are appropriate for the child's age knowing that their main way of exploring objects is by using their mouth. Make sure the items are not too small and therefore a choking hazard.
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