Try a smile, a
big open mouth, raised eyebrows, or a stuck- out-tongue. Also try talking to
your little one. Why is this good? It helps stimulate your baby’s social,
visual, and emotional development.
Why is this good?
Tickle time promotes body awareness and social development as well as tactile
stimulation. It also gives you a chance to respond to your baby’s cues and body
Help Your Baby Explore
Carry your baby in your arms or put him in his stroller and hit
the road. First stop: Your yard or a walk around the neighborhood where there's
no end to things he can discover: a blade of grass, the bark of a tree, a warm
stone, a wet leaf. Pick things up so he can get a closer look. Brush a
leaf against his cheek (it tickles!), hold a flower to his nose (it smells!).
Then go home and have him turn the light switch on and off, or feel the water
in the faucet. Why is this good?New
sights and sounds stimulate a baby in just about every way. Touring his world
helps him learn to be actively curious, builds vocabulary, and promotes visual
and sensory development.
Play “Peekaboo” or “This Little Piggy”
These games not only
strengthen that special bond you share with your little one, they stimulate a
baby's senses, gross motor skills, visual tracking, social development, and her
sense of humor!,
Put up an obstacle course of pillows, stuffed animals, and books
in the room, then hold babies hands and crawl along side her as you guide her around
the objects. This activity boosts gross motor skills, coordination,
balance, and lower-body strength. Plus, mastering the challenge of stepping
over and around objects is great for her walking skills and her self-esteem
("Good job, Taylor!").
foster that love of the game, offer your little one some plastic bowls,
cups, and buckets in a variety of sizes, an assortment of shovels and spoons,
and pourable items such as sand, rice, cornmeal, or water to play with. Make
sure you've got the time and space to make a mess as a baby's finesse with this
task goes only so far. Perhaps you can spread a plastic tablecloth on the
kitchen floor first, or better yet, head outside if the weather's nice. To get
your baby started, show her how it's done by pouring water from one container
to another or scooping up sand with the shovel. Then she'll be ready to roll
(and tilt and dump and scoop!) on her own.This
sensory-stimulating task also boosts fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.
Plus, it builds vocabulary as you narrate the action.