Looking for ideas on what to do with your child? These simple and fun activities will stimulate your baby’s growth -and will bring adorable giggles and smiles. Keep in mind that a large portion part of the baby’s development in the first year is innate when you read, talk to her and make faces and play with her daily. Do share your baby’s top simple playtime routines in our comments below.
Tummy time is one the first ways that your child can learn to play. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies always lie on their backs to lower the chance of developing SIDs However, they recommend that children spend plenty of belly moments when they’re awake and ready to play.
Tummy time is a great way to build your child’s neck and upper body muscles to improve head control and prevents the top of her head from flattening. The AAP recommends starting Tummy time on the day that your baby returns home from the hospital.
You can place her on your stomach for about three to five minutes at a stretch, up to three times daily, or whenever she appears to like it. The time spent on the tummy will increase as your baby grows older and stronger. Also, put toys in front of her to encourage her to reach, creep, and eventually crawl.
Fun with Faces
Babies love exploring the world with their hands. Let your child feel the various parts of your face as well as the faces of his stuffed animals by using his hands. Then, say the names of each part of the face while they are touched, and ask your baby’s hand to hold his nose and mouth, ears, and much more.
Let your child’s hands touch your face as you speak and use facial expressions so that he gets to understand the way we use our faces to communicate.
Babies and Boxes
Boxes are a lot of fun! You don’t need fancy blocks to help develop your baby’s motor abilities. Cover smaller boxes (such as shoe boxes or cereal boxes) using recycled wrapping paper or recycled paper and let your child manage them and eventually tear them open.
She will be enthralled by the sound of the paper breaking as she pulls it. She also loves stacking boxes, knocking them down, and re-building them with assistance.
You can transform almost any toy into a pull-along. Attach a piece of yarn or shoelace to your child’s toy truck, or the arms of the animal stuffed in his lap, and then encourage your child to tug it. You’ll be amazed at the result of pulling his toy along strings! When he starts to walk, set the string in his reach so that he needs to get up to grab it before he can reel in the toy.
What’s more enjoyable than watching your child smile? It’s not only healthy for your soul but also helps your child to develop her sense of humorous spirit which is an essential aspect of the human language.
Be attentive to what your child finds hilarious and then repeat the thing repeatedly. Make use of props such as humorous hats, big sunglasses, and mirrors to make your baby laugh.
Testing Out Textures
As your child starts to crawl and scoot begin laying out blankets, rugs, or other objects with various textures in the ground for him to play with while he moves over them. The remnants of carpet that have been smudged and sticky contact paper and loud bubble wraps are just some of the options.
Additionally, you can carry your child around and allow him to feel the different textures of various surfaces, like the cool brick wall or an angular banister for the staircase.
Splash! It’s not necessary to keep your water play for bath time. Make a small plastic bathtub with water and a variety of plastic cups, squirty toys as well as kitchen ladles, and other things you and your toddler can create a splash.
A non-toxic bubble bath is an interesting aspect of water play. Make sure you never leave your child unattended in water, not even for a brief moment.
It’s not considered polite to point at objects unless you’re a newborn (or playing with an infant)! You can carry your child around and point at various objects and items as you explain their names of them.
Even if your child isn’t talking or making any sounds yet the baby is paying attention and watching when you speak. Make a list of things and ask “What’s this?” You’ll be amazed when he’s able to provide the answer!
Get it! Playing games with a ball gives children a rush and aid in developing their eye and hand coordination. Find some light, vibrant scarves and throw them into the air, so that they appear to float before your child and she will try to catch them. If you don’t own any scarves then you can make use of safe bubbles to play your game of catch.
If your baby is constantly on moving, he’ll surely be interested in exploring your kitchen cabinets. Instead of making them child-proof set aside one for play. It’s ideal to allow unsupervised play within the kitchen.
Set up some pans, pots, and wooden spoons as well as other objects that are safe for their baby’s reach so that they can have fun when Mom and Dad are working cooking. You may have a gifted little drummer at your disposal! In no time the baby will be whipping up imaginary meals and demonstrating to his parents.
That Makes Three
Ah, hmm… Which toy is your favorite? Give your child two toys, so that he’s playing with one with each of his hands. Give him a third toy so that he can test his decision-making skills. For example: Should I swap the one toy I have with the other? Do I have to try holding the three? It’s both an exercise for the mind and body of your kid.
Reading is a great way to relax and is a relaxing type of entertainment — an excellent habit to become enticed by at the age of. Learning new words and looking at vivid images can keep your baby’s mind active.
After an active, fun-filled day ensure that you read your child a book before bed an integral part of the nighttime ritual, and continue it on into early toddlers and even beyond.