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Fun Games you Can Play with your Baby

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Fun Games you can play with your Baby

 

 

 

Babies have many challenges that they must overcome as they grow and develop. As a parent you make this challenging process fun by incorporating games and activities into their daily life.

 

0-3 months old

 

Rolling Game

 

During the first 3 months of your baby’s development they learn how to roll. The first time your baby does this involves them rolling over but not being able to roll back. If this occurs in the middle of the night your baby becomes stressed and lets you know it.

 

Play this game with you baby so they can practice rolling over and back

 

Create a tune to this song and whilst singing this song roll your baby from the tummy to his back (Silberg, 1993).

 

Roll, roll, baby, roll

From your tummy to your back.

Roll, roll, my baby roll

When you roll over you must roll back.

 

Physical Fun

 

Physical fun is great activity that builds strength, tones muscles and builds rhythm with your baby.

 

Start by placing your baby on his/her back and gently move her arms and legs to the rhythm of a nursery rhyme.

 

Say the words “Itsy, Bitsy Spider” as you move your baby’s hands in a circle.

 

Say the words to “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” as you move the baby’s legs back and forth.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 3-6 months old

 

One, Two, Three

 

This game is played with your baby on the bed. Start by laying your baby down on his/her back on a pillow facing you.

 

Grasp your baby’s hands and begin counting

 

Are you ready to stand up? Here we go!

One

Two

Three

 

On the count of three gradually pull the baby to a standing position without letting go of the hands.

 

You baby will grasp this concept very quickly because it is fun and soon be able to count to 3. You baby will also associate fun with counting to 3.

 

Toys that go Squeak!

 

Start by sitting in a chair with your baby in your lap.

 

Squeeze a squeaky toy.

 

Place the toy in the baby’s hand. He/she will grasp it as a natural reflex and be surprised when it squeaks.

 

Keep giving your baby the toy, and soon he/she will realise that his/her hand makes the toy squeak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-9 months old

 

Playing with your baby on the Floor

 

Get down on the floor with your baby and crawl around on all fours. See if you can persuade your baby to crawl with you.

 

Roll play with your baby…Pretend to be a dog or cat and say words like “woof” or “meow”.

 

Place 1-2 laundry baskets on the floor filled with baby’s toys. Encourage your child to take a toy out of the basket

and then put it back. When you baby takes the toy out of the basket, give the toy a name.

 

Playing Tug of War with your Baby

 

Get on the floor with your baby.

 

With a long sock, give your baby one end of the sock while you grasp the other end.

 

Gently pull the sock towards you

 

Show the baby how to pull the end towards them

 

Tug the sock back and forwards whilst saying:

 

I pull you and you pull me

Tug of war just you and me

 

Pretend your baby is so strong that he/she pulls you over (Silberg, 1993).

 

 

 

References

Silberg, J. (1993). Games to play with Babies: Gryphon Publishing – Beltsville MD.

 

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