Learning Through Infant Care Routines: Indoor Play

Infants have daily needs that need to be met for them to learn, develop positive attachment to primary caregivers, and know they will be loved and taken care of. Most of these needs revolve around basic care routines. The FunShine Express Buttercups Babies kits were designed to incorporate activity ideas into these care routines to create meaningful interactions each day.

Indoor Playtime

Having playtime as part of your scheduled routine for infants is important. However, most care providers know that sleep, feedings, and diaper changes take precedence over any playtime that has been scheduled or is a regular part of the routine. Many care providers likely find windows of time when infants are content, happy, and other needs have been met to play together. An important part of indoor playtime is supervised tummy time on the floor.

Buttercups Babies has activities that you can use for indoor play and tummy time. Below are many suggestions you might try for each box. Repeat the activities often. Each baby will likely prefer different activities during playtime depending on their unique interests, so make notes about which ones to repeat with each baby.

My World

  • Card 1: Mommy and Daddy
  • Card 6: Block Play
  • Card 8: See and Do
  • Card 9: Exploring Elephant
  • Card 16: My Sunshine
  • Card 22: Tummy Time Textures
  • Card 27: Peekaboo Variations
  • Card 30: Where Is It?
  • Card 35: Fun with Playdough
  • Card 41: Where, Oh Where?
  • Card 43: Stack, Roll, and Throw
  • Card 48: Let’s Paint
  • Card 59: Turning One
  • Card 61: All About Me
  • Card 72: Shake It Off

On the Go

  • Card 3: Key Sounds
  • Card 4: Go!
  • Card 11: Track the Keys
  • Card 16: Vehicle Push
  • Card 22: Hand to Hand
  • Card 24: Roll the Ball to Me
  • Card 28: Let’s Play!
  • Card 32: Dump Truck
  • Card 47: Wheels on the Bus
  • Card 48: Free Paint
  • Card 53: Shake and Move
  • Card 54: Clap to the Beat
  • Card 62: Rides with Friends
  • Card 68: The Need to Throw
  • Card 72: Ride and Color

Pets I Know

  • Card 1: Woof, Woof, Woof
  • Card 4: Did You Ever See a Lassie?
  • Card 9: Where Did Puppy Go?
  • Card 11: Five Little Kittens
  • Card 16: My Pets
  • Card 21: Turtle Swim and Scoot
  • Card 26: Hiding Turtle
  • Card 30: Knock Down Pets
  • Card 35: Fur Textures
  • Card 37: Dirty Pets
  • Card 38: Wishy-Washy
  • Card 41: Peek-a-Pet or Peek-a-You?
  • Card 58: Pet Puzzles
  • Card 67: Down Dog
  • Card 71: Pet Grasping

Find more activities for care routines:

Watch for tips on Outdoor Playtime, coming soon!

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