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Baby Activities

In the activities section we will provide ideas for toys using everyday household items as well as an assortment of baby activities sorted by age group.

 

 

Toys to Support Development for babies 0-6 months:

* Rattles
* Large rings with plastic keys etc.
* Squeak toys
* Small washable cloth dolls and animals
* Books made of soft plastic or fabric
* Board books with simple, brightly colored pictures
* Nursery rhymes and lullabies for parents to read
* Mobiles
* Baby gyms with objects that encourage reaching and kicking
* Plastic mirrors
* Toys that make music
* Toys with spinning parts

 

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The following items may someday be reincarnated into your baby’s favorite toy. Start collecting them today.NEVER leave a child unattended at any time.
*Mismatched socks
*Gloves
*Shoe laces
*Small paper bags
*Paper towel and toilet paper cores
*Plastic food containers with lids that will not crack
*Frozen juice lids without sharp edges
*Colorful costume jewelry
*Paper/plastic plates
*Water/soda/sports bottles with lids
*Brightly colored fabric with patterns
*Magazines with colorful pictures
*Old greeting cards
*Sturdy boxes of any size
*Oatmeal or other round food containers with lids
*Yarn and ribbons
*Bells
*Stickers
*Sticky shelf liner (paper)
*Colored duct tape or electrical tape
*Glue and scissors
*Non-toxic magic makers and children’s paint

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Sometime the package is better than that expensive toy. When ever you have big boxes give it to them and watch them transform into a sailor, or a train conductor, a pilot, or even an astronaut. It is amazing where they can go!

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Activity: Newborns

Supplies: paper/plastic plates, empty cardboard food containers or boxes, sticks or bamboo, black and white paints, colored tape, markers, glue

Why do this activity?
* To stimulate babies curiosity
* To form stronger connections between babies’ eyes and brains
* To teach babies about colors and patterns

How to do this activity:
* Use a paper plate or cut a piece of white paper or cardboard about 6 inches high and 6 inches across.
* With black tape, paint, crayons or markers, make a very simple face, target or other designs
* If you have a wide Popsicle sticks or piece of bamboo available, tape or glue it to the cardboard for a hand-held toy
* Remove any sharp edges
* Put your baby on his back on a play mat in front of you
* Hold the toy in your hand
* Call your baby’s name or gently stroke her cheek until she looks at you.
* Show your baby the black and white side of the toy
* Tell your baby what it looks like. Say something like; look do you see the back and white? Do you like the face?
* When your baby looks away put the toy down until your baby looks at you again then show it to your baby again
* Even though your baby cannot understand your words, it is important to talk to your baby. Tell him what he is seeing and what you are doing. This might make him feel more excited and interested

Newborns cannot do much with their bodies yet. Looking and listening are playing for them. Infants like to look at things that are black and white or brightly colored objects. Black and white toys are easy to make with things you have around the house

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Activity: for parents with 0-any age

Baby Jeopardy

Supplies: NONE

This activity is to help parents recognizing both subtle (soft and not so obvious) and not so subtle (strong and clear) cues.  

How to do this activity

There are 6 categories for you to choose from:
*I’m hungry
*Play with me
*I’m tired
*I need a break
*I’m uncomfortable/it hurts
*I feel secure and loved

Go down the list below and try to match them to one or more of the categories above. Remember some cues can go into more than category.

Face turns red
Looks away
Looks at me
Turns toward you
Eyes bright and interested
Frowns and lowers brow
Compresses lips
Sticks out lower lip
Sucks on finger
Turns away
Smiles
Fingers or fist in mouth
Rubs eyes
Laughs
Fusses
Kicks legs and waves arms
Sticks out tongue
Dull, droopy eyes
Looks at bottle or breast
Snuggles
Reaches for you
Screams
Coos and babbles

Looks at toys

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Activity 0- any age

Title: Memory Box

Supplies: Box or plastic tub, things to decorate the box with

Why do this activity?
* A memory box will give your child a sense of belonging. It will help him to know who he is, where he comes from and how much he was/is loved and valued.
* By next year, and certainly in 10 years, many memories of your child will be gone unless you find a way to preserve them. As your child grows, he will enjoy looking at the items in this box with you. When she is an adult, she can share pieces of her history with her own children.

How to Do This Activity
* gather the special things that you want to put in the box now and make a list of the items you wild like to add during the next year
* some other items you might want to consider are: a newspaper printed on the day of your baby’s birth, photos of baby , hospital bracelet, prints made of your baby’s hands or feet with washable ink pads, an outline made of your baby’s body on a piece of paper, a sealed envelope including wishes for your baby written by family members and friends, hair from the first haircut, a photograph of the midwife or doctor who delivered the baby, photograph of mom and dad during pregnancy, baby’s first toy, first scribble, first t-shirt or dress, birth announcement, baby shower invitation or religious certificates
.* Find a box or plastic tub large enough for these and other items that you will be adding from now until the time your child is a teenager.
* Decorate the box or tub with paints, adhesive paper, colored tape, lace or anything else you desire.
* Put the box in a safe place where you will see it often enough to remember to add items to it.

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Activity 0-3 Months

Baby Massage

Supplies: None or you can use baby lotion.

Why do this activity?
To give parents an opportunity to practice massaging their infants, Great way to help babies relax.

Keep the following in mind before your start massaging your baby.
Length of massage: Under 1 month should only last 3-5 minutes. After 2 months 10-15 minutes.
For Newborns it is best to limit massage to legs, feet, arms and hands. After 2months you can massage his back and head, avoiding the soft spot.
Be gentle. Pay attention to your baby’s cues. If she stiffens, cries or holds her breath try again another day.

This is great to do right before bedtime. Lavender helps baby relax and fall asleep.

For Leg, Hand, and Arm Massage:
1. Begin with your baby’s leg. Elevate it with one hand and with your other hand stoke and gently squeeze, moving the direction of his foot. Repeat this several times.
2. Using your thumb, press the bottom of her foot from heel to toe knead each toe. Make small circles around the ankle.
3. Repeat steps 1-2with the other leg and foot.
4. Holding your baby’s arm in one hand, use the other hand to gently stoke and squeeze along the length of his arm starting at her shoulder. Repeat several times.
5. If she is making a fist, use your thumb to gently open it. Roll each finger between your forefinger and thumb.
6. Next, stroke the top of his hand starting at the wrist.

 

Head Massage for babies 2 months and older:
1 Using your thumb, gently stroke from the center of your baby’s forehead out to the temples.
2 Circle baby’s eyes with your thumbs, moving out along the eyebrows and back under the eyes.
3 With your finger tips make small circles along her jaw.
4 With your fingertips, using both hands at once, gently make small circles all over her head. Avoid the soft spot.

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Activity 0-3 months

Dough Boy

Supplies frozen bead dough, or flour, sugar and water

Why do this activity?
*To emphasize the rapid growth of an infant’s brain when it receives nurturing care and stimulation
*To help parents recognize the impact they will have on their babies’ growth

How to do this activity:
*Use 3 pounds of frozen bread dough, or make the following recipe to provide you with a visual and hands on example of how much your baby’s brain will grow during the next 3 years

6 cups of whole wheat flour (white flour works, but it is stickier and does not look as much like brain tissue)
3 cups of sugar
2cups of water
Start with 1 ½ cups of the water, and gradually add the rest of the water. Use your hands for the last ½ cup of water. 

*Make a 1 pound ball of dough (1/3 of the recipe) to represent the weight of a typical newborn’s brain. Make ridges in it with a fork to make it look more realistic

*Form the remaining dough into a brain-like shape, adding ridges and bumps to make it look more realistic

*Feel the weight of each one. Keep in mind that with love, care, and stimulation your baby’s brain can/will gain 2 pounds of weight in the next 3 years

*When babies are not adequately loved or stimulated, their brains gain significantly less weight and will be smaller in size

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Activity 0-3 Months

Fly Away

Supplies:  (one of the following ideas) Stickers, small pictures of animals, pencil top, small toy.
Anything that will fit on the end of your finger will work for this activity.

Why Do This Activity?
To give babies the opportunities to learn about how things move and object permanence.

 

How to Do This Activity:

  1. Put a sticker (or object of your choice) on the tip of your finger.
  2. While facing your baby, hold your finger about 10 inches from his face.
  3. Get her attention by calling her name or gently stroking her cheek.
  4. Move your finger around as if the object is flying through the air, keeping it at a distance where she can easily see it.
  5. While you are moving your finger, make the sound of the object. If it doesn’t really have a sound make the sound of an airplane or anything you want.
  6. When your baby turns her head away or tells you that he needs a break let him rest for a short time then do it again.
  7. Next, hold your sticker finger up in front of his face again. Move your sticker finger (Not your arm) up and down, hiding the picture/toy when your finger is down.
  8. Repeat this several times saying something such as: 

Here is the plane/bird. Let’s say Hello. Oh where did he go?
There he is. Hello I’m back …

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Activity 0-3 Months

Grasp That

Supplies: NONE

Why do this Activity?
To give babies opportunities to practice learning to use their hands as tools.

How to Do This Activity:
1. Lay your baby in front of you.
2. Make a fist, extending just your index finger
3. Hold your finger a few inches above your baby’s chest
4. Get his attention by calling his name.
5. Encourage your baby to reach for your finger by moving it around. You may find your baby will be more interested if you paint your nail with brightly colored nail polish.
6. If your baby does not attempt to reach for your finger, guide her hand toward your finger and help her to grasp it.
7. Praise whatever attempts your baby makes, saying something such as:
Wow, you are working so hard. You are so smart. Good job. You can do it, I’ll help you.

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Activity: 0-3 months

Rattlers:

Supplies: Containers preferable with safety lids, rice, beans, shells, bells, colored tape or nontoxic permanent markers and glue

Why do this activity?
To give babies opportunities to learn about cause and effect, and patterns and categories

How to do this activity:
* Find 2-3 plastic bottles/containers
* fill each with a different thing such as rice, beans, pebbles, shells, or bells, so that they will make different sounds
* Secure the lid with glue and/or several layers of duct tape
* Decorate the outsides of the containers with colored tape or permanent, nontoxic markers. Create different patterns and colorful designs that will capture your baby’s interest.
* One-by-one, hold your tattlers 8-10 inches from your baby’s face
* Get his attention by calling his name or gently brushing is cheek
* Gently shake the rattler for a few seconds and stop
* Shake the rattler in front of her then a couple of feet from her left ear and then a couple of feet from her left ear.(if baby does not turn her head to follow sound, we suggest you request that your health care provider do a hearing screening).
* Repeat this several times so that your baby will notice both cause and effect (shaking the rattler results in a sound) and the patterns and colors of their designs.
* Stop this game when your baby gives you signals that she is tired or has had enough.

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Activity: 0-3 months

Song and Dance

Supplies: NONE

Why do this activity?
To introduce babies to new patterns of sound, forming new connections in their brains
To calm babies when they are upset
To stimulate joy and excitement

How to do this activity
Select a traditional song or hymn to sing such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

If your baby seems ready to play lay her in front of you

Looking into her eyes, sing the song while making your face expressive

Use your hands to highlight certain words or move his hands or feet to the rhythm of the song

Or if your baby is upset, try rocking her gently in your arms as you sing softly.

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Activity: 0-3 months

Take a Minute

Supplies: NONE

Why do this activity?
To link learning related to cause and effect to the relationships and interactions parents have with their babies
How to do this activity
* Look at your baby right now and ask yourself what cues and signals she is giving you with her body language, facial expressions and voice to tell you what she needs
* Next, ask yourself what she is expecting you to do. What has she learned about cause and effect when she has expressed this need in the past?
* Give her what she needs to support her brain development in the area of cause and effect
* Now congratulate yourself for making your baby’s brain grow!

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Activity 0-3 months

Tummy Time:

Supplies: None

Why do this activity?
To encourage upper body muscle development, to prepare babies for rolling over, sitting up, crawling, and walking

How to do this activity
* put your baby on her tummy on the floor using a blanket or mat
* Lay on the floor with him
* Call his name until he moves his head to look at you
* Next, sing your baby a song or shake a rattle until she moves her head to look at you
* Say something like; you are working so hard to make your neck strong, aren’t you. You are a strong boy.
* Continue to play with your baby for 5-10 minutes, noticing what she is doing to communicate with you
(Tummy time should be done about 3-5 times a day for 5-10 minutes at a time)

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Activity 4-6 months

Baby Geometry 

Supplies: disposable colored plates, colored tape or a nontoxic marker, and stickers
Why do this activity?
To give babies opportunities to practice tracking and using their eyes
To introduce babies to different shapes and patterns and how things move through space, laying the foundation for math skills

How to do this activity:
Select 4-5 solid colored disposable, plastic plates
*Using pieces of colored tape or stickers shaped like dots or squares, or even just a nontoxic marker, decorate each plate using a geometric theme, such as triangles, squares or circles.
*With your baby in front of you either lying down or sitting up (whatever baby prefers) one at a time show him the plates. Hold them approximately 12 inches from his face. *Move if from side to side, giving your baby an opportunity to practice following it with his eyes. To support your baby’s language development, as you are moving the plate say something to him such as: okay let’s watch the red square plate, or do you see the yellow triangle moving side to side?
*As your baby gets older, he will be able to focus on objects at a greater distance. As you are playing with him during the next few months, use the plates to help him learn to focus at greater distances. Do this by holding the plate 2 feet from his face and moving it side to side, and then try at 3 feet away and so on and so on.
*These plates can also be used during tummy time as interesting objects for your baby to reach for and move toward. As she gets older she will also enjoy holding them and passing them back and forth between her hands. 

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Activity: 4-6 months

Brainstorm

Supplies: 6-7 spools or film containers, colored thread or string and ribbon, wire or pipe cleaners of various colors and widths.

Why do this activity?
To demonstrate how repletion develops increasingly stronger connections in a developing brain
To give parents a visual aid on building brain connections

How to do this activity
On a flat surface, position 6-7 spools or film containers, each about 3 inches apart (not in a line)

Place pieces of thread of carious lengths and colors between the spools (not connecting them) to demonstrate that in a newborns brain many connections are ready to be made between carious parts of the brain, but they will NOT be formed until the baby repeatedly experiences loving care and stimulation.

Imagine that each of the spools represents a function of the brain, such as problem solving, language, emotions, physical movement, creative thinking and seeing. In the best functioning brains all of these centers have strong connections between them and each center is well developed.

If you connect some of the centers this demonstrates that when a baby repeatedly experiences loving care and developmentally appropriate stimulation these centers of the brain are connected and grow stronger

The more you provide loving care and stimulation focused on a particular type of development, the stronger those connections become, and the more developed these parts of the brain are. The parts of the brain that are better connected and are better developed also function/work better

The saying “Use it or loose” applies to early brain development. There are some connections that will never form, and parts of the brain that will not develop if a baby or young child is not given the right amount go love and stimulation during important periods of growth.

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Activity: 4-6 months

Comfort Zone

Supplies: NONE

Why do this activity?
To demonstrate how, by this age, babies have learned to trust and depend upon their parents and caregivers
To point you the stress babies experience when they do not receive the predicable responses by their parents to meet their needs

How to do this activity
Place your baby in an infant carrier or on someone’s lap
Get your baby’s attention by calling her name
Talk and play with her until you know that she is engages and is enjoying the interaction
Quickly turn around or walk away. Make sure she cannot see your face
Have another adult observe and tell you about the changes in your baby’s skin color, facial expression, vocalizations and body language
Before you respond to her, allow enough time for the observer to notice the cues and signals she gives as she becomes increasingly upset

Now, respond to her by acknowledging her feelings and telling her what you are doing to comfort her. Say something like: You are upset with me; I’m back, its okay. You are safe.

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Activity: 4-6 months

Getting to Know Others

Supplies: NONE

Why do this activity?
*To demonstrate the differences between how men, women, and children interact with babies and how babies respond differently to them
*To give parents an appreciation the differences in their baby’s reactions to how men, women, and older children interact with them.
*To encourage parents to offer their babies opportunities to interact with and have relationships with both men and women
How to do this activity

One by one, decide who will play with the baby in whatever way is normal play for you. (Mom, dad, older children, other male/female friends or family members)
As each person is playing with the baby, observe, recognize, and maybe even take notes if you need about the following:
How he/she gets the baby’s attention
What he/she does to make the baby smile or laugh
Differences in the physical and emotional energy
How he/she encourages the baby to coo and talk
Style and amount of speech or vocalization with the baby
How the baby responds with her arms and legs
The baby’s facial expressions and changes in skin color
The cues/signals the baby gives to say, “I need a break”
How he/she comforts the baby when the baby gets upset

Your baby’s brain growth and development benefits form the blend of different ways that men and woman talk and play with him.

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Activity 4-6 months

Kick the Sock

Supplies: sock, paper, bell
Why do this activity?
*To give babies opportunities to learn about cause and effect by using their hands to bat and their feet to kick the toy                                                                                               *To give babies opportunities to learn about using their hands, arms, legs and feet as tools
How to do this activity:
*Using a clean sock, stuff it with crinkly paper or a snack food bag (something that will make noise when you squeeze it) if you have a bell, put it inside the sock.
*Tie the sock in a know so that the stuffed portion forms a ball
*The purpose of using this toy is to encourage your baby to swat at it with her hands or to kick it with her feet. Teach your baby to swat or kick by showing her how to do it. First show her how to hit it with her hand by holding her hand and swatting at the sock. Then show her how to kick it by stimulating her foot and helping her kick it.
*Remember to praise her efforts by saying something like: That’s right, you can do it. Or, wow good job, you are so smart, let’s do it again!
*Use your imagination to make other swatting toys with colorful clothing you might have. Remember to check out the Activities/Toys to Support Development and the Homemade/collecting section of our site for ideas when making more swatting toys

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Activity: 4-6 months

Looks who’s talking

Supplies: NONE

Why do this activity?
To teach babies that some sounds come from mouths, to encourage parents to talk to their babies in ways that will encourage their baby to talk to them and learn.

How to do this Activity
* Put brightly colored lipstick on your lips (dads only have to if they are comfortable)
* Hold your baby close so he can see your face and lips. Get his attention by calling his name or gently stroking his cheek
* Looking directly at him, make sounds such as: ba, ba, ba, or ma, ma, ma or da, da, da
* Watch for how your baby focuses on your lips, now that they are colored and stand out form your face.
* After each ba, ba, ba pause for a few seconds, continuing to make eye contact with your baby to encourage him to try to move his mouth. Repeat this several times. Try copying his sounds while observing his reactions  
* Next, try asking your baby simple questions using a high-pitched voice while making your face very expressive. Again, pause and wait for him to copy you or to answer your question with coos and babbles. Again, copy the sounds he makes
* If you speak more than 1 language in your do this activity using both languages. Your baby will benefit greatly from hearting and learning 2 languages during these first 3 years of his life

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Activity:  4-6 months

Play Station Clean Up

Supplies: plastic tub, large box, canvas or mesh bags

Why do this activity?      
*To build a play station that will be available to parents during routine care for providing developmental stimulation.                                                                                                  *To provide babies with regular developmental stimulation that supports early brain development. 

How to do this activity:
Find a plastic tub, a canvas/mesh bag or box big enough to store a variety of toys
Decorate the plastic tub, bag or box with stickers, colored tape or nontoxic permanent markers.
Find a place close to where most of the baby’s routine care is provided to put the play station.
Walk around the home and gather a variety of household items to use as brain builders during routine care. Include items such as: scarves colorful lids from laundry detergent containers, gloves, and colored socks, fabric of different textures, colorful food boxes, ribbon, and previously homemade toys.

As you place each item in the play station, use your own creative thinking to come up with ideas regarding how to use each of these new toys to support cognitive development in the areas of object permanence, cause and effect, understanding space, making sense of patterns, categories and sequencing, and use of other tools.
Playing with babies during routine care can provide busy parents with opportunities to nurture and feel connected to your baby.

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Activity: 4-6 months

Rhythm with a Bounce

Supplies: NONE

Why do this activity?

*To give babies opportunities to learn about cause and effect as well as patterns and sequencing
*To lay a foundation for early language development 

How to do this activity:

Sit on a chair or on the floor

Sit him on one of your knees so that he is facing you.

Hold her firmly under her arms and sing a song or tell a rhyme

Bounce your baby gently to the rhythm.

Bounce her a little higher, and be a little louder, when you say a certain word during the rhythm. Make your face happy and be more excited on the word you choose.

Repeat this several times, always be louder and bounce higher on the same word every time.

Most babies will laugh when you do the big bounce and will eventually learn to listen and wait for the big word!

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Activity: 4-6 months

Rock and Roll

Supplies: NONE

Why do this activity?
To build the muscle strength that enables babies to roll over
To teach babies that when they move their bodies, they can get things that they want (cause and effect)

How to do this activity:
Place your baby on his tummy on the floor using a blanket to mat

Sit in front of him or lie next to him

Put a toy just out of his reach

Get him to look at it by calling his name and hitting the toy on the floor

Say something like; You can go it, just reach for it, or your almost there you can get it, and even wow you are doing such a great job.

Gently roll your baby from his tummy to his back toward the toy

Let him pick up the toy or give it to him to play with, don’t forget to give lots of praise for his hard work.

Let him play with the toy for a couple of minutes and then repeat activity

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Activity: 4-6 months

This Little Piggy

Supplies: NONE

Why do this activity?
To provide babies with tactile stimulation
To encourage babies to play with their feet
To allow babies to experience sequencing and cause and effect

How to do this activity
With your baby lying down or in an infant seat, hold his foot up so he can see his toes

While saying the nursery rhythm, This Little Piggy, wiggle each toe, one at a time for each line.

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Activity: 7-9 months

Baby's Body

Supplies: bathtub or water basin (where ever you give baby his bath), wash cloth

Why do this activity?
*To give babies opportunities to hear and understand the meaning of words that identifies parts of the body
*To lay a foundation for language development

How to do this activity

Use a bathtub or whatever you normally use to give baby a bath, and a wash cloth

Fill the bath with lukewarm water

You can either but your baby in the tub or sit him next to the water

Use a washcloth and hand movements to demonstrate the actions and point out her body parts. You can use a song while you do this. Example: this is the way we wash our face, and this is the way we scrub our feet, etc.

As you say the name of the body part, say that word louder and touch that body part so that your baby learns to understand the meaning of these words. Repeat this activity whenever you give your baby a bath

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Activity 7-9 months

It’s my Band:

Supplies: 3-4 plastic containers (such as water bottles, film containers, vitamin bottles, a pot or plastic bowl), 2 metal spoons, a can of food, bells, colored cereal or jelly beans, colored ribbon, glue, duct tape, round cardboard or metal food containers

 

Why do this activity?
To give babies opportunities to learn through imitation by being creative with common household items
To build pathways in babies’ brains that will support future learning through imitation
To give babies opportunities to practice learning about the brain builders: cause and effect, understanding space, patterns and categories, and use of tools

How to do this activity
Make musical instruments that can be shaken and rattled from a variety of plastic bottles including clear plastic water bottles, or whatever containers you have around your home.  Fill them with colorful cereals, jelly beans, bells, pieces of ribbon, or yarn. Secure the lids with glue and/or several layers of duct tape. If the bottles are not clear, decorate the outsides with colored duct tape, stickers, etc.

Make other musical instruments form items you have around the house. An upside down pot or plastic bowl and a spoon can be a drum, 2 pot lids can be symbols, a can of food with a spoon or stick can be a bell.

Make round food containers, like oatmeal, salt or storage containers, into drums or shakers by filling them with bells, pebbles, rice or beans and securely taping and gluing their lids on. Decorate them with colored duct tape, markers, crayons or contact/sticky shelf paper.

One-by-one, teach your baby to play the instruments by demonstrating how to use them. The goal is for him to learn how to play the instrument by copying you. For example, if you are banging a spoon on the pot, give him another spoon.

Once he has learned to play a couple of the instruments, turn on your favorite music. With your baby, play the instruments in rhythm to the music.

Give everyone around an instrument to play. This is a great way to get older siblings to learn to play, share, and also have fun with you and baby.

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Activity 7-9 months

Polly the Puppet

Supplies: socks, permanent nontoxic markers, or thick tread and needle

Why do this activity?
To introduce babies to imaginary play
To teach babies about the rhythm of conversations

How to do this activity
Make a simple face on a sock, using permanent nontoxic markers or thick thread. (Do not use buttons or other materials your baby could chew off or choke on.)

Put the sock on your hand with the face on the palm side of your hand.

Get your baby to look at the puppet by calling his name and moving your fingers up and down, pretending the puppet is talking

Pause and wait for your baby to respond before having the puppet talk again.

Notice the expression on your baby’s face and how she interacts with the puppet. Describe her feelings to her. If she is afraid of it say something like is Polly scaring you? Are you afraid of Polly? Polly is a nice puppet, he won’t hurt you. Do you want to touch Polly so can get to know him?

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Activity: 7-9 months

Row, Row, Row, With Your Baby

Supplies: NONE

Why do this activity?
To strengthen your baby’s stomach muscles
To teach babies about understand space and patterns

How to do this activity
Sit on the floor with your legs extended with your knees apart

Place your baby, in a sitting position facing you, so that her hands are close to your knees

Hold your baby’s arms/shoulders and rock back and forth as you sing a song such as Row, Row, Row, Your Boat or another song you know.

As you say Dream reach her hands up high

When she gets tired of playing say something like, “that was fun, lets take a break” or “your tired its time to stop, you did so good”

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Activity: 7-9 months

Sink or Float

Supplies: 2 liter bottle, several items that float and several items all of witch will sink and/or float. 

Why do this activity?
To give babies the opportunity to learn about buoyancy, (some object float, and some don’t), cause and effect,

How to do this activity:

*Put a variety of objects that will sink and some that will float into a 2 liter bottle (or any clear bottle you may have with a tight fitting lid. Here are some examples of things to use.
* Beans
* Pipe cleaner
* Glitter
* Feathers
* Wooden/plastic letters (like scrabble or other board games)
* Rice

* Fill the bottle to with water. Leave about 4-5inches to the top of the bottle.
* Glue and/or put several layers of duct tape

* Show it to baby and encourage them to shake it and look at the objects inside.

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Activity: 7-12 months

Shapes Box:

 Supplies: a box with a lid and a hole in the top. Different shapes from around the house. Examples soda lid (circle), baby toy links come in all shapes they work great, plastic stage one baby food lid (triangle) etc.

The shapes box helps baby learn shapes, object permanence, imagination, colors, cause and effect, and problem solving

I find a clean baby wipes box works really well for this toy. It already has a hole and you are sure to have at least one around the house. If you don’t have one, any box will work.

For the shapes, lids, plastic baby links, or you can even cut the shapes out of paper or cardboard.

When playing with this toy you can take the different shapes and show them to baby and let him see you put it into the box. And the best thing is when you run out of shapes you can just open the box and start over.

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last updated 07/16/09