5 Games to develop touch and communication
1. Feather tickle
This game involves simply tickling parts of the body with a feather. As you tickle each body part, name it. Allow your child to have a turn to tickle you too.
You could sing along to "Heads, shoulders, knees and toes" or "This is the way we tickle your nose etc" to the tune of "Here we go round the Mulberry bush"
2. Finger songs
This Little Piggy (easy to adapt to your child's likes)
This little piggy went to market, (wiggle your child’s big toe)
This little piggy stayed home, (wiggle the next toe)
This little piggy had roast beef, (wiggle the middle toe)
This little piggy had none, (wiggle the next toe)
And this little piggy ran all the way home! (start off wiggling the littlest toe and then tickle your fingers around the foot, up the leg and body to the underarm).
Round and Round the Haystack
Round and round the haystack, (run your index finger around the palm of your child’s hand)
Ran the little mouse, (continue as above)
One step, two step, (touch your child’s arm midway between the wrist and inside elbow and again inside the elbow)
Into his little house. (run your fingers up the top of your child’s arm and tickle under the armpit).
Slowly, slowly, very slowly, creeps the garden snail, (slide your index finger slowly up the inside of your child’s are, from their wrist to their elbow)
Slowly, slowly, very slowly, up the wooden rail.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly runs the little mouse, (run your fingers up the inside of their arm from their elbow to their armpit)
Quickly, quickly, very quickly ’round about the house. (tickle under your child’s armpit)
3. Hiding games with scarves or blankets
Hide your child under a scarf or blanket, use a very quiet voice to encourage them to be still and relaxed. Sing "Where oh where oh where is....(child's name)" or any other hiding song you know. Put the scarf or blanket over your head and encourage your child to try and pull it off
4. Draw on your back
A simple game for quiet touch and bonding. Simply draw on your child's back along to the song "Here we go round the Mulberry bush" but add in shapes or numbers for example "This is the way we draw a circle, on a monday morning" etc
You could also write the names of all the family, spelling each name out as you write it.
5. Tickly Rain
This is a lovely gently massage song, the actions are very simple – have your child sit on your lap or in front of you (or however it's comfortable for you both) and then make a gentle pitter patter motion with your fingers, touching each part of the body mentioned in the song. On the line “It’s raining again,” gently sweep your fingers from your child’s head, down over their shoulders and down their back. With the words, “Drip drop,” touch your fingers a little more firmly to random parts of your child’s body. It really is a lovely song to enjoy together.