Baby Play Basics: Supporting Development Through Play
When it comes to pandemic parenting, let this be your mantra: play is all we need. We’ve created this collection of bite-sized on-demand classes to help parents support every area of their baby’s development through play. These meaningful, at-home learning experiences check every developmental box, while enhancing the bond between you and your baby.
In each video class, we highlight a specific open-ended toy and explore how different types of play impact your baby’s development. (You’ll never look at a ball or bath toy the same way again!) As you play and learn together, you’ll gain actionable tips and language strategies, a repertoire of engaging songs, and a deeper understanding of your baby’s development.
We’ve structured these classes to highlight our top toy picks for Baby’s first year:
You can use your own toys or shop our favorites here!
This course is led by Lauren Vien, Education Director and author of our bestselling Guide to Positive Language Strategies. Within 24 hours of purchasing Baby Play Basics, you will receive an email granting you access to the Rose & Rex virtual classroom. We know you’ve got a lot on your plate, so we’ve created an on-demand library that contains everything you need! Simply select a bite-sized video class whenever you have a few minutes to spare. You’ll also have access to our beautifully designed course documents, which highlight the key points of each video class, so there’s no need to stress about song lyrics or play setups.
Course materials include:
★ 4 video classes
Each class highlights one specific play material and consists of 3 play experience demos + 1 family challenge.
★ 4 beautifully designed PDFs to support video classes
Each PDF includes written descriptions of 3 play experiences + 1 family challenge, highlighting one open-ended toy and and how it impacts your baby’s development.
★ 1 video of Songs to Support Language Development
This video features active lap songs/rhymes to support language development from the very beginning.
★ 1 PDF of song lyrics
This PDF accompanies the Songs to Support Language Development video. Sharing with family members and/or caregivers encourages other special adults to bond with your baby through music.
★ 1 PDF outlining Baby Play Basics by Rose & Rex
This PDF outlines our unique approach to developmental play for babies, highlighting the 4 essential components of Baby Play Basics: talking, touching, moving, and connecting.
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Materials & Safety
Virtual Classroom Access: You will receive a link to the Rose & Rex virtual classroom within 24 hours of checkout. There you will find links to all of the course materials.
Course Materials Include: 5 prerecorded videos and 6 digital handouts in PDF format
Recommended age: We created Baby Play Basics to meet the needs of pre-crawling babies and their families. In this online course, you will learn playful skills, strategies, and songs that your family can rely on for years to come!
Digital courses are final sale.
THE ACTIVITIES PRESENTED IN THESE VIDEOS REQUIRE RESPONSIBLE ADULT INVOLVEMENT AND SUPERVISION AT ALL TIMES TO MONITOR APPROPRIATE USE OF MATERIALS. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILD UNATTENDED AT ANY TIME WHILE PERFORMING THESE ACTIVITIES.
The ideas presented in this course are educational resources and are not substitutes for professional medical treatment or advice.
This course is meant to be used solely by the original purchaser and his or her immediate family. Additional parties wishing to use the class materials must purchase their own Baby Play Basics Class. The images, layout, design and content of the course are copyright Rose & Rex 2020. No part of the course may be reproduced or distributed in any form.
Play is okay! tip
Here's one of our favorite play experiences from Baby Play Basics:
Support your baby’s ability to understand object permanence: the concept that a person or object continues to exist, even when your baby can’t see it. During bath time, hide a familiar toy under a washcloth and ask Baby, “Where did your duck go?” Pause to give Baby an opportunity to search, gesture, or uncover the toy. You may need to uncover the duck yourself and say, “Here it is! The duck was under the washcloth.” You can do the same by gently pushing the bath toy underwater and watching it pop back up to the surface!