Play interaction games

Things you can use

  • yourself for games that involve copying, e.g. facial expressions and sounds, or movement, e.g. rough and tumble
  • a space blanket or fabric – to waft up and down, drape over the child
  • bubbles and balloons to build anticipation
  • dressing up items, e.g. hats, glasses, to gain the child’s attention and encourage looking
  • musical instruments for ‘copy me’ games

Playing games can develop

  • engagement
  • looking
  • anticipation
  • copying
  • turn-taking
  • communication

Play games that involve

  • tickling
  • chasing
  • singing
  • hiding
  • peeking
  • surprising the child
  • moving
  • bouncing
  • rocking

Related links

Songs and rhymes

What is play interaction