Looking for new ways to keep your baby entertained? Baby activities need not involve expensive baby centers and toys. Look around your kitchen or garden and you will find the potential for many hours of interesting play. Everything is new to the infant and activities can be tailored to expose the baby to different stimuli.
Here are few helpful ideas!
1. Texture: Babies have very sensitive skin and love the feel of different textures. The same can be repeated when the baby is a toddler, but allowing her to manipulate the object on her own. For example, touch the baby with a feather and allow the toddler to feel the feather, blow it in the air, or let her tickle you with it. Other interesting textures include satin, silk, velvet, velcro, orange peels, woolen knitted things, fur, and other such stuff. The list is endless. Just remember that babies tend to put an object in the mouth, and every object offered to a baby will possibly end up in her mouth when your back is turned!
2. Color: Both infants and toddlers love colorful things. Fill empty transparent plastic bottles with water that has been colored with food color. Make sure that the lids are tightly sealed and roll the bottles on the floor. Toddlers will crawl or wobble behind the bottles and hold them up to the light to look at the colors. Bring out a few old Christmas decorations and watch your baby light up when she sees the shiny tinsel!
3. Motor skills: Give your toddler a few plastic bowls, spoons, and containers from the kitchen and you will find that the child will spend time attempting to stack them or imitate activities that she sees in the kitchen. Take a bowlful of refined flour; add a few drops of food color and a cup full of water, mix together, and you’ve got a cheap version of play dough. The fun part is that you can have large quantities of the dough in different colors, your toddler will have a blast squishing through the dough, and cleaning is quick as you can just throw the mixture out and prepare a fresh batch for the next time. You will find that it is not only a fun baby game, but that it also aids in the development of the baby.
4. Sounds: Get your baby a few plastic animal toys - the ones of both wild and domestic animals - and you will have a really fun toddler activity. As the baby holds on to an animal toy, make the appropriate animal sound and either read or make up stories about animals. You can introduce new sounds everywhere, ducks or fish in the bathtub, airplane sounds with the feeding spoon… and the list is endless. Expose your baby to different styles of music early on, hold your baby and dance the waltz or cha-cha and you will find the baby gurgling with laughter.
5. Sights: Babies are easily entertained! Take your baby along with you to the flower market, to the fish market, to a pet store, to the aquarium, and there will be plenty of sights to point out.
Make baby and toddler games a part of your everyday activities. Take your child along with you when you go grocery shopping or do your chores. You will find at least one thing that catches your baby’s attention and keeps her entertained.
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