Cruisin’ Baby Activities

It’s never too early to start playing games to help your child reach their sensory, communication, feeding and motor milestones.

Motor

Games

Games to Play

  • Get baby to stack toys, such as blocks or rings, and describe each toy as your baby picks it up.
  • Lie down on the floor and have baby crawl over you.
  • Practice new gestures with baby like blowing kisses, clapping hands, or giving a high five.
  • Use a toy to encourage baby to crawl when they are in a Tummy Time position.
  • Roll a soft ball across the floor and encourage baby to crawl after it.
  • Allow baby to play with toys they can push or pull across the floor.
  • Read with baby while they lie on their tummy.
  • Play with stackable blocks.
  • Let baby play with large objects like tunnels, pillows, or cushions while supervised.
  • If baby is already walking, let them try riding toys that they can sit on and scoot across the floor.
  • Provide push toys that allow baby to practice walking with some support.
  • Encourage baby to dance and sway to music.
  • Provide opportunities for baby to experience slow, rocking movements.

Sensory

Games

Games to Play

  • Give a toy musical instrument to baby and show her how to use it. This is a great way to introduce rhythm and music during playtime. She will enjoy learning how to make different sounds. Try forming a family band and making music together.
  • Allow baby to experiment with textures and temperatures. Textured toys, like teething rings or a wet wash cloth you can freeze are fun for baby to experience.
  • Baby is developing taste and smell. Continually offer different types of foods to baby. If baby doesn’t appear to enjoy a food, try it again on a different day. It often takes multiple tries before learning to like a new food.
  • Just because you have to get some chores done doesn’t mean you have to stop interacting with baby. When doing chores around the house, point to objects and tell baby what you’re doing. Direct baby’s attention to interesting objects by helping him point his finger.
  • Begin teaching baby about the outdoors. Spread a soft blanket outside for you and baby to lie on. You can ask if she sees the trees or animals. Get her to hold and feel things found outside, but make sure baby does not place the items in her mouth.
  • Use a small dish towel or hand towel to play peek-a-boo with baby. Ask baby “Where’s mama?” and when mom appears, say “mama” to encourage baby to imitate. After a couple of times she will be able to pull the towel off by herself.
  • Hide objects under a blanket or behind a piece of furniture in the play space during playtime. You can also try hiding yourself and pop out from behind a piece of furniture to surprise baby.
  • Try to encourage baby to crawl over, under and through various objects in home. Take empty boxes, remove tops and bottoms, and tape them to make a long tunnel. Be sure to be at baby’s side so he doesn’t get hurt.

Communication

Games

Games to Play

  • Practice waving bye-bye when a guest leaves your home.
  • Read daily from big, colorful books and let baby turn the pages.
  • Encourage baby to wave hello when meeting new people.
  • Ask baby to point to different body parts when you name them.
  • Ask baby questions and encourage response with words, baby sounds, cooing, or babbling. Record the conversation and play it back for baby to hear.
  • Direct baby’s attention to interesting objects by helping them point their finger.
  • Name textures, shapes, and sizes to help baby attach words to tactile experiences.
  • Describe your actions throughout the day as you dress, feed, and bathe baby.
  • Respond to baby’s sounds to encourage two-way communication.

Feeding

Games

Games to Play

  • Offer baby an assortment of food to try.
  • Keep track of where baby is in their feeding development; well-meaning friends and family may give baby food inappropriate for their age.
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