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Kathryn Gamble Lozier
What to Do: While your baby is seated in an infant seat, shake a rattle to the left and then to the right. Speak to your infant in a soft and gentle voice as you move from one side to the other. She loves hearing the sound of your soft voice!
Skills Learned: ListeningIMITATION
What to Do: Place your child in a position to focus on your face. Let your tongue protrude as far as it can. Do this slowly about five or six times. Notice any movement your child may make. This may take some time. Your child will need practice but may eventually imitate your actions. Imitation is a complex activity for a young child.
Skills Learned: Visual tracking, sensory development, body awarenessINFANT SIT-UPS
Materials You Will Need: Soft blanket
What to Do: This fun game is a good way to exercise neck muscles. Lay your infant on a soft blanket, facing up. Hold on to his hands and wrists, then count, "One, two, three, up!" Gently pull him to a sitting position. Gently lower him back down to the lying position, then repeat.
Skills Learned: Social development, trust, upper body strengthLEG KICKS
Materials You Will Need: Pillow, plate
What to Do: Infants love to kick their little legs. Place your infant, face up, on a blanket on the floor, and hold a plastic plate or pillow within easy reach of her legs. You may need to guide her feet to the object at first. When contact is made, your infant will feel the object and be excited with you as you praise her. Once your infant understands the game, it will be fun to practice repeatedly.
Skills Learned: Body awareness, eye-foot coordination, listeningLISTENING
What to Do: When your infant faces you, use different pitches with your voice. Watch your baby's facial expressions as you do this. He's becoming accustomed to 'all' of your voices!
Skills Learned: ListeningRINGING BELL
Materials You Will Need: Bells
What to Do: Your child is developing the ability to visually track. Place her in an infant seat. Take a bell and ring it above her head. Do the same to the left and right of your child. Observe her and notice if her eyes follow the bell.
Skills Learned: Visual tracking