All the activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development. They have a really long lasting effect on your child's learning as they progress through school life. For example, talking, reading, singing nursery rhymes with your child or cooking and baking with them.
If you talk to your child it helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas (even if they are very young and not yet able to talk).
Parents often underestimate what they can do to support their child's development. If you feel unsure of what to do at home to support your child's learning, your local Children's Centre can give you some ideas. They have lots of activities which you and your child can join in, including messy play. Many of the activities are free. Staff can also give you advice about the kinds of books or other activities your child might enjoy at different ages.