Wiggle and the Whale Activity Time

Resource type: 
Activity Time




By Roger Priddy

Finger printing

You will need:

  • You and your baby
  • Natural yoghurt and food colouring
  • Plate or plastic pots
  • Paper
  • Wipes for cleaning.


  • Tip a small amount of yoghurt on the plate or container. Mix 1 or 2 drops of food colouring and stir.
  • Holding your baby on your lap help them to dip fingers into the yoghurt and print onto the paper.
  • With older babies and young children you might like to use real paint and experiment with stamping. What shapes can you make? Use a cut up carrot or potato. Use leaves or flowers. 


  • A cupcake tin works well instead of a plate for the yoghurt-paint
  • For older babies who are sitting up on their own, let them explore the finger paint on the tray of their highchair.

Further information

Play is the best way to learn. It can be difficult to know how to play and engage with your newborn baby, but over time the more you read, sing, talk and interact with your baby the more easily play will come. Sensory experiences are fantastic for babies. Any time babies and young children see, hear, touch, smell or taste the experience is that much richer. 


1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive and Open Shut Them.


Key message Children learn by being engaged and doing.


For full Activity Time please download the attached PDF

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