Tickle games

Hair Sweeping

Babies often like to feel your hair on their skin; try sweeping their tummy with it to bring giggles of pleasure.

This Little Piggy

For generations, parents have played a toe game, while holding up their baby’s foot for them to see, You recite the words, while taking each toe in turn and wiggling it around.

This little piggy went to market,

This little piggy stayed home,

This little piggy had roast beef,

This little piggy had none,

This little piggy went wee wee wee wee all the way home. (During the last line, run your fingers up their . leg and under their armpit for an exciting burst of tickling!)

The Teddy Bear Game

The other great tickle game starts with you circling your finger in the palm of their hand.

Round and round the garden,

Like a teddy bear,

One step (’walking’ two fingers up their arm),

Two steps (moving your fingers closer to their armpit), Tickle you under there (running your fingers to their armpit or under their chin for a last big tickle).

Standing position, using the front of a couch, then clamber on to vacuum cleaners and low tables. They will enjoy slapping their hands on top of the cushions as they creep along the edge of chairs or couches. They love it when you encourage them. If they hear appreciative noises, they will stop and look back, smiling proudly.