Your baby is finally here. After the early weeks of your child’s life, your newborn begins to be more wakeful and more interested in the world around him/her. Baby’s playtime is not just fun and games; it also provides the perfect opportunity to boost early childhood development. The games for such a young age do not have to be complicated because infants are easy to please. Below are some fun games for babies that are very effective in your child’s brain development while at the same time strengthening the bond between the two of you while having fun.
For 0 – 3 months olds
At this age, your baby spends most of her time lying down or crying. The best way to help her have fun is to engage her various senses; hearing, sight, smell and touch. Here are some fun activities for your 0 to a 3-month-old baby.
- Shadow chasing
Although a child’s vision is limited in the first few months of life, you can still play some baby games with them which help in the development of the skill of visual tracking. During nighttime, before the baby goes to sleep, point a torch towards the ceiling or the wall and move it slowly across and back and watch her try to follow the movement.
This is one of the easiest infant games to play. There are many variations to the peek-a-boo that can help you maximize the fun for you both. One easy way to play it is by simply hiding your face with your hands. Remove them and say ‘boo’. Your baby will be giggling and it will be a lot of fun. As early as when your newborn is two months old, she may start crying if you stop this game. Most newborns don’t realize that you are still there when you hide your face with your hands and you can continue playing this game even when your kid is nine months old.
This game is great for early childhood education to help your child understand that you will never really live them, but will always come back.
Baby games are a way for you to boost your bond with each other. Tickling your baby at this age can help in the early development of the skill to speak. According to research, touch has an impact on your child’s speech learning. Parents who talk to their infant’s while tickling them help them identify and relate the words to the action. You can even read an interesting children’s book. Your precious won’t understand the meaning but would be engaged by your voice and mimics.
For 4 – 6 months olds
During the various child development stages, your baby undergoes a lot of changes. At this stage, your baby is more physical and may know how to sit up and roll over. Some activities you can do together include;
- Baby see baby do
Your baby stares at you a lot. At this age, your baby is curious and will start imitating your actions. For instance, if you smile, your baby smiles back at you; in the same way, when you repeat some words often enough, they might pick up on them early and also develop cognitive skills. It boosts the baby brain development by helping her get conversation skills.
Babys require a lot of attention and entertainment. They need to be cuddled to build an emotional attachment. Dance around with your baby cradled in your arms. If your baby is feeling playful, try doing silly exaggerated dance moves to make her laugh. Slow movements can be used to calm her when she is fussy. Your 6-month old baby will love the swaying, and it may help lure her to sleep. Dancing with your baby plays a significant role in brain development.
- Shake and rattle
Baby rattles are famous for many reasons, but most importantly because they help in your baby’s physical development in early childhood. Shake it as she watches you for a while then move it away and continue rattling. Your baby will try to turn to find the source of the sound thereby strengthening her neck muscles.
For 7 – 9 months olds
- Splish, splash
Nobody likes water than baby’s do. Water plays provide an excellent opportunity for early development of physical skills. These baby games are fun because they can be done both indoors in the tub or outdoors. Bathtimes can be fun. Put some plastic cups in the tub and let your baby pour the water from one container into another or let the water run through her fingers. Also, you can give her a sponge to squeeze. However, never leave your baby unattended when playing with water.
- Art on the high chair
When your baby gets stable to sit by herself on the high chair, you can put some colorful edible foods on her tray and let her fingerpaint using them. It might be messy but it is equally fun and beneficial. This activity helps in the development of all the senses while strengthening her motor skills.
- Roll play
Babies become fascinated with any moving thing. A ball, a bug, a toy car, they love them. Try juggling or just throwing balls in the air and letting them hit the ground while making dramatic sound effects then watch them roll away. You can toss the ball towards your baby and encourage her to toss it back to you. Keep the game on for a little while. You can do the same with a toy car. Such back and forth activities help in early learning of the importance of taking turns and sharing.
For 10 – 12 months olds
In the first 12 months of their lives, babies take in information and explore ways of doing things. Your baby’s thinking skills have advanced, and she can now understand some complicated stuff. At this age, babies like to put things together. For instance, your 10 month old baby would want to put smaller containers into bigger ones and take them out. Toys such as shape sorters are some of the best brain games for kids. They help toddlers develop problem-solving skills as well as motor skills.
- Build Tower stacks
Demonstrate this exercise to your young baby and explain the various sizes and shapes of items being stacked. You can use readily available things like kitchen cereal containers. Show her how to knock them down and have her stack them up again. Cheer her on when she does it successfully. Studies suggest that this exercise can be used as a lesson about shapes and sizes as well as cause-effect dynamics.
The first 12 months of your baby’s life are some of the most interesting ones. Although she’s mostly asleep during the first three months, your infant becomes more alert and interested in the things happening around her during the next months. You have to come up with game ideas to keep your baby entertained. Toddlers learn quickly and are always eager to learn more. The baby first games have a significant effect on your child’s early development.