Shake, Rattle, and Roll Fun!

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

  • Place baby on their tummy to play in short spurts for up to an hour over the course of the day.
  • Place baby tummy down on a blanket and move the blanket slowly around the room.
  • Allow baby to explore age-appropriate toys with their mouth and tongue (make sure the toys are large enough so that baby does not risk choking).
  • Encourage baby to practice repeated rolling from back to tummy. Place toys around to encourage pivoting.

Sensory

Games

Games to Play

  • Encourage baby to touch fabric with different textures such as wool, corduroy, and velvet.
  • Lift baby up and down and play in different positions to help develop their sense of movement and balance.
  • Find balls with different textures and colors. Teach baby how to roll, drop, and bounce them.

Communication

Games

Games to Play

  • Play peek-a-boo.
  • Use a variety of facial expressions while you talk.
  • Read with baby. “Reading” can simply mean describing pictures without following the written words.
  • Encourage two-way communication. When baby coos or babbles, be sure to respond and take turns in “conversation”.
  • Play with rhymes and songs.
  • Encourage baby to play with toys that make sounds.

Feeding

Games

Games to Play

  • Collect a variety of scents (flowers, spices, cookies) and pass them under baby’s nose one at a time to see what kinds of smells they prefer.
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