Activities for Babies: 6 to 12 Months

More Activities for Babies

TUMMY TIME

What to Do: It's important to give your child tummy time for short periods of time during the day. While your child is on his tummy, place two of his favorite toys on the floor. Cover part of one with a blanket. Place it so he can see the part that is sticking out of the blanket. Ask him, "Can you find your yellow duck?" See what he does. Do this with the other toy. If he engages in this activity, try putting both toys under the blanket and have parts of each toy showing. Ask the question and observe his response.

Skills Learned: Visual tracking, visual stimulation

Playing With Baby: Tummy Time
Playing With Baby: Tummy Time


CRAWL-A-THON

Materials You Will Need: Blanket, toy

What to Do: Children of all ages love to engage and have fun with their parents. Crawl with your child in a hallway or open space and see who captures a favorite toy or stuffed animal first. Place a section of the toy under a blanket at the end of the hall so it can be partially seen. On your mark, get set, go! Who reached the toy first?

Skills Learned: Emotional development, gross motor, visual tracking

TUNNEL TRIP

Materials You Will Need: Box, blanket

What to Do: Make moving around more fun for your infant with this tunneling activity. Locate a box larger than your child's body. Cut both ends off to make a tunnel. Place your infant on one open end, while you go to the other end. As you call your child's name, gently pull your child through the box.

Variations: Sit your infant on the floor, then place the box over your child and peek from the top. When you remove the box... peekaboo!

Skills learned: Coordination, creative movement, gross motor, problem solving, sensory development, visual stimulation

THAWING ICE

Materials You Will Need: Ice cube tray, food coloring, small toy items

What to Do: This fun and simple activity will entertain your infant during bathtime and help her experience the properties of water. In the morning, fill ice cube trays with water and put a drop of food coloring in each section. Drop a small plastic or wooden figure in each cube and freeze. During your baby's bath time, place the ice cubes in the water and watch as he tries to pick them up, push them underwater, or simply watch them move in the water. After a while, he'll love playing with the thawed toy items.

Variations: Use an assortment of food colors.

Skills Learned: Attention span, grasp and release, sensory development, tactile stimulation, visual discrimination

BAG IT

Materials You Will Need: Paper bag, plastic cup, block spoon

What to Do: Children love taking random things in and out of bags over and over again. Place several objects, along with a paper bag, in front of your child. Name each object. Ask your child to place the plastic cup in the bag. Next, ask her to place the block in the bag. Last, ask her to place a spoon in the bag. Have her empty the bag; repeat the activity.

Variations: Add objects if your child continues to be interested.

Skills learned: Visual discrimination

PAINTING THE SIDEWALK

Materials You Will Need: Small brush with handle

What to Do: This fun activity will help develop your child's upper body strength. Locate a small brush with a handle. Weather permitting, take your child out to the sidewalk or in the garage. Put the brush in a small bucket of water. Show your child how to paint the sidewalk or garage floor.

Variations: Take a bucket and small brush with you the next time you go to the swimming pool. Your child will love painting the pavement!

Skills Learned: Upper body strength, eye-hand coordination, creative expression, gross motor skills

SAYING YES

What to Do: Develop your child's communication skills with this fun activity. Sit across from your child and ask questions that require a "yes" answer. Does mommy love you? Shake your head up and down as you reply, "Yes, she does." Continue the activity: Did you have a good sleep? Are you a good baby? Do you love mommy?

Skills Learned: Concept development, emotional development, listening, visual tracking

Copyright © 2012 Meredith Corporation.

These activities originally appeared on Productive Parenting and are reprinted with permission. To receive additional daily activity suggestions based on your child's age, visit www.productiveparenting.com.

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