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.
Ages: 0 - 1
Showing at: At home
Dates: 7 Sep – 28 Feb
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.
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