Tots of Fun!

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

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Motor

Games

Games to Play

  • Encourage baby to kick a ball on the ground. Gradually build up to rolling the ball so baby can kick it while in motion.
  • Put on some silly songs with lyrics that give listeners instructions like “The Hokey Pokey.” Dance with baby while following song directions.
  • Let baby play with a musical instrument if you have access to one. For a drum, baby can use a wooden spoon and a cardboard box. Babies love hearing sounds they make by beating a drum or playing notes on a piano.
  • Roll a large bouncy ball back and forth between you and your toddler.
  • Use mini-traffic cones to create a zigzag path to walk through with your toddler.
  • As your toddler gets older, introduce songs like, “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” to help with coordination.

Sensory

Games

Games to Play

  • Blow bubbles for baby. Let baby touch them, watch them soar through sky and pop when they land.
  • Wrap a table in plastic and spray shaving cream on top. Encourage baby to explore the shaving cream with hands, brushes, spatulas or plastic spoons.
  • Fill up a bucket with blocks of different sizes, textures, and colors. Ensure that none are small enough to be swallowed if baby decides to explore them with their mouth. Allow baby to explore the blocks with all of their senses.

Communication

Games

Games to Play

  • Go through family photos with baby and encourage them to point out familiar family members.
  • Sing nursery rhymes with actions like, “Itsy-Bitsy-Spider” and “Patty Cake”.
  • Use a play telephone to practice different ways to say hello or goodbye, such as bye, bye-bye, goodbye, etc.
  • As you read to your toddler, encourage them to point out familiar objects in the illustrations.
  • Go on a nature walk in a park or even in your backyard and point out all of the animals and interesting plants you see.
  • This is a great age for encouraging baby to practice the meanings of “in” and “out.” Ask baby to put their toys in a bucket and take them out again.
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