Ever wondering what is the best way to encourage and enhance your baby’s growth? Try these simple but powerful development-boosting fun activities with your little one.
Place a toy or book under a blanket, leaving part of the object showing. Then ask your baby, “Where is it?” and encourage him to look for it. After your baby has mastered finding a partly hidden object, move on to hiding it completely under the blanket.
Take turns stacking the cups and knocking them down. You can also have a “race,” where you both stack cups at the same time.
Around her first birthday, your baby will be ready for large wooden puzzles like ones with colorful shapes or pictures.
Regularly read books to your baby, pointing to the pictures as you read and engaging her by changing your voice for different characters. Invite your little one to participate by encouraging her to laugh or act surprised by the story, touch the pictures, and turn the pages. This can help in developing their listening skills.
5. Clap with me
Around 6 to 8 months of age, your child will learn to clap.
Clap, clap, one, two, three
Clap, clap, clap with me.
Clap, clap, four and five.
Clap, clap, clap, bees in hive.
Clap, clap, six, seven, eight.
Clap, clap, clap, you are great.
Clap, clap, nine and ten.
Clap, clap, let’s do it again.
6. Rhyme time
Sing songs with real or made-up words that rhyme, like “thump, thump, thump, bump, bump, bump, jump, jump, jump.” You might feel a little silly, but all that rhyming is another way to boost your baby’s language development.
7. Shake the bottle
Fill the bottle with the rice or pasta, and glue the top back on so your baby can safely watch and hear what happens as he shakes, rattles, and rolls the container.
8. Disappearing cheerio
Create your own version of the old-fashioned shell game by hiding a Cheerio under a cup and seeing if your baby can find it. This simple activity reinforces object permanence, a major concept.
9. Light show
Turn on some mini flashlights, and drop them into empty water bottles, Tupperware, or any colored, lidded containers. Place your baby in tummy time in a dark room and let him explore the colorful lighted containers on the floor in front of him.
10. Baggy fingerprinting
Squeeze a couple of dark colors of washable finger paint into a zippered baggy and seal tightly. Add duct tape for extra security. Spread the paint around to coat the inside of the bag, then place it on the floor in front of your baby during tummy time. Show him how to make marks on the outside of the bag with his hand or finger.
11. Container play
Place a few toys in a container with an opening a bit bigger than balls or pegs, plastic links, or other smaller items. Hand the container to your baby, who will probably turn it over and over, causing some toys to tumble out. Reload the container periodically until your kiddo figures out how to do it on her own.