Play is children's work. In the early days of play, babies develop their gross motor skills (big muscle movements) by rolling and playing on their tummies. Balance and co-ordination are practiced by swinging out at toys and learning to sit. As they grow older, fine motor skills (use of fingers) develop by grabbing hold of smaller toys and trying to pick up blocks. All play revolves around the 5 senses of touch, smell, hearing, taste and sight. Providing babies and children with the opportunity to explore and play using all their senses enables the brain nerve pathways to connect.

Dr J. Fraser Mustard is a world leader in early childhood development. His research, and others, on brain development have shown the "importance to society of early childhood development in creating competent, productive and healthy populations for the future."

A beach ball is nice and light to hold

and nice and light to let go and throw

(but, don't tell superbaby!)