I love baby play activities. To be honest, I’m a bit sad that I never did any with E when she was a baby. Not that I think she missed out on anything but those activities are just so fun!
It wasn’t until E was two years old that I started doing activities with her. Both she and I have benefited so much from them, and it was only natural to start doing simple activities with N when he was only about four months old.
By the time he was about seven months old, he became very interested in the activities E and I do together. Unfortunately, it’s usually not safe for him to join in, so I make sure to give him his own sensory experiences by simplifying and just giving him time to explore.
Congratulations! Your baby has arrived and you can’t wait to explore the new horizons of motherhood with your cherub. While the initial few days will be all about adapting to being a mom, the later phase gets into keeping your little one engaged.
Babies grow fast; soon, he will get busy! He will also develop newer reflexes and more mobility. This calls for planning some engaging activities so that he gets to make the best of his growing time. We present to you an interesting activity guide for you, to plan for your little one.
This time around, your baby is quite comfortable with his surroundings. This is an ideal time to enhance your communication with your infant as he goes about developing a penchant for words. He will also develop a keen sense of smell at this age. Below are a few baby learning activities in which you can engage your toddler with his auditory and speech skills.1. Tube Conversations :
It’s very simple and cute.
You will need child friendly finger puppets, either made at home or bought from the market.
Your baby will advance in his auditory and sensory skills by the time he is two months old. You can now engage your infant with sound and sensory related activities. Below are the sensory activities for babies:1. Paper Crumple :
You will notice your toddler getting startled at loud noises, reacting to different kinds of music, beats of drum, the sound of the pressure cooker in the kitchen, etc.
Your baby will love flying in the second month as his gross motor skills improve.
Three months is a milestone of sorts in your baby’s life. He is most likely to imitate you talking on your cell phone, repeating a few words after you and making faces. Convert this yearning into a fun activity.1. Telephone Talk :
Your toddler will now love to blabber or attempt gibberish. This is the best time to play the telephone game with your baby.
Playing drums with your child improves his auditory, rhyme, sense of cause and effect skills.
Your baby will progress to the next level of communication by this time. You can start playing some interactive games with your little one who will respond immediately.1. Kicking Back : Your darling will love this activity.
This game is apt to give enough practice to your baby’s fine motor and balancing skills.
Your toddler will now indulge in ‘object permanence’ – just because he can’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not there. He will enjoy the hide and seek games from here on.1. Hide The Toy :
Make sure you are there with your baby all the time, while playing this activity. Also, if possible use soft boxes, made out of cloth or paper, that way your baby may not harm himself.
This is one of the most adorable things that you will begin to do as a mother.
This is the time when your toddler crosses the reputed ‘Six Month’ mark. It’s almost like hitting a half century! Make the most of his newly acquired skills to engage in fun games.1. Photo Album :
Your little one will start to recognize various patterns, colors and shapes with this baby activity.
Now that your baby has developed a fine eye for shapes, this is the time to start the block games.
Your baby is now set to hear and respond more. His verbal and auditory skills will be constantly improving during which phase you have to introduce activities that help the same.1. Story Boards :
Story time is a all time favorite activity among babies.
Babies love playing in the water, let’s see how making it more interesting.
Your little one will now start trying to stand up. He will also improve his hand-eye coordination during this time. You can help him better the skill with fewer activities.1. Kicking Game :
Your baby will love making noises. So give him the required resources for the same.
Starting this time, your baby will be in a state of exploratory mode. He will crawl, hide, walk or simply sit in enclosed places. This is due to his increasing level of spatial relations and gross motor skills. The following activities for babies of nine months will help.1. Under The Box :
Since your baby will love enclosures, try playing a game with him.
Your baby will start bonding with his toy friends now.
Welcome to the advanced level of gross motor skill mastering. Your kid will now want to try climbing on top of things. So make use of resources that will enable him to practice better.1. Cushion Climbing :
Perhaps one of the easiest and safest ways for your child to improve his climb. Place cushions of different shapes and sizes on the floor and make your baby climb up and down them.2. Finger Food Game:
Take different bowls with your child’s favorite finger food, crackers, fruit slices, etc. Now place some empty bowls for him to transfer the contents and match the colors.
Your baby is one month away from turning one, and you will see a lot of transformation by this time. He will be more enterprising with you than he was during the first six months. Indulge in little big things like singing rhymes, songs, etc., your little one will now start singing along with you in case he has begun saying a few words.
Your baby is now one year old. A spree of activities is lined up for him, such as sing-along toys, block games, rhymes, shapes, etc., keeping him busy enough. All his gross motor, sensory, auditory, visual and linguistic skills would have taken to the next level here. We hope you liked our list of simple baby activities that can create a difference in your little one. Do not forget to share any newer ideas from your end with other mommies here.