Baby Play Packs

We have created baby play packs for families and babies born during lockdown across parts of Tees Valley to play together and have some creative fun.

The free Hullabaloo Baby Play Packs aimed at babies 12 months and under have been created by Theatre Hullabaloo with support from Darlington Borough Council, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Middlesbrough Council and Public Health South Tees.

We have really missed meeting the new babies who would usually be visiting us to play at The Hullabaloo and we hope that these Hullabaloo Baby Play Packs will allow parents and carers of new babies to enjoy some creative play time together at home.

The Hullabaloo Baby Play Packs include a mixture of creative toys and props and a Playbook packed with ideas for how to play creatively with your baby.

In Darlington Baby Play Packs are being distributed by Health Visitors to families with babies born from March – December 2020 at their next pre-arranged appointment.

Staff from Redcar and Cleveland’s Family Hub Service and Middlesbrough’s School Readiness Team are in the process of contacting parents to introduce the Hullabaloo Baby Play Packs and offer them to parents and carers of all babies born April to June 2020.

As we have limited capacity, we are specifically targeting families with babies born since lockdown. We are hoping to secure further funding to roll out more packs as we know older babies have missed out on important play time during this period too, but currently we only have a limited number of packs to distribute so these will only be available to eligible families with babies born during specific periods.

Further down this page you will find a series of short videos to accompany these packs that have been filmed by some of the artists who work regularly with Theatre Hullabaloo.


short films of creative play ideas

Here are some short films of creative play ideas.

We would be very grateful if you could help us evaluate the project for our funders by completing the short form below telling us the first part of your postcode (eg DL1) Please be aware that this information is stored anonymously and by supplying this data you are not requesting a pack. 

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    Wind the Bobbin
    Sing along to your baby to this classic children’s song.

    Creating a calm space
    Tips on how to create a calm space for you and your baby using the bell from your baby play pack

    Introduction to storytelling
    Storyteller Chris Connaughton on the importance of storytelling and shares some tips on how to tell a good story.

    Sing along to Peek-a-boo using your scarf from your baby play pack.

    Playing with Puppets
    Anna Newell shows us some great ways to engage with your baby using the puppets from your play pack

    Lullaby – Nila 

    Nila is a specially composed Tamil lullaby  in which a mother requests the moon to come running and sprinkle sleep dust on a baby’s eyes and gently lull the baby to sleep. 

    Reading of Elmer and the Lost Teddy

    Chris Connaughton reads Elmer and the Lost Teddy (By David McKee)

    Row, Row, Row your Boat

    Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

    Reading of Tip Tap went the Crab

    Meet the stars

    Stars of the short videos

    Claire Tustin

    Claire Tustin is a singer, songwriter and theatre maker who specialises in writing songs for children and families. She leads music workshops and performs for children in schools, hospitals, theatres and in community settings.

    Anna Newell

    Anna Newell has been making theatre adventures for 31 years and her work for early years has been seen on 6 continents, off-Broadway and in every single Sure Start in Belfast.  She helped started baby theatre in South Africa and invented the world’s first BabyDay.  She is based in Bray, Ireland.

    Chris Connaughton

    Chris Connaughton is an actor, storyteller and author who specialises in writing for children. He tours the country with his plays, books and workshops, and is a regular storyteller for Theatre Hullabaloo

    Supriya Nagarajan

    Supriya Nagarajan is a British/Indian singer composer who has been an important voice in the music scene having arrived 10 years ago after a change in career from banking to music. Supriya performs on international stages and has been commissioned by important festivals and venues like the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Ultima Norway,Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and York Minster among others.  Supriya’s music is a  journey into the confluence of the human mind, the world around us today and meditative musicality. 

     ” Nila ” is a specially composed Tamil lullaby  in which a mother requests the moon to come running and sprinkle sleep dust on a baby’s eyes and gently lull the baby to sleep. 

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