Early Fun and Games with Baby
These baby games help your infant’s learn language, social, and motor skills.
Once your baby is 4 to 5 months old, she’ll be fascinated as you pop up from behind your hands. By 6 to 8 months, she’ll be playing along, hiding and then giggling when she makes eye contact.
Eyes, Nose, Mouth
Hold your baby’s hands and guide them to touch your own eyes, nose, and mouth, then give him a kiss: “Eyes, nose, mouth, smooch!”
So Big: Again, start by holding your baby’s hands. Then ask, “How big is baby?” (Better yet, use his name). Then spread his arms wide and answer, “Sooooo big!”
Babies learn to clap both hands together at the body midline between seven and nine months. “Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man; bake me a cake as fast as you can…” is an excellent rhyme to chant with your baby. She will enjoy mimicking your clapping, and her confidence will build as she learns the movements and words.
This game can be played with various props but works particularly well with building blocks. Build a tower of blocks with your three- to six-month old and let him knock them down. This game teaches cause and effect—that actions have consequences. And it’s lots of fun!
This Little Piggy
Starting with the big toe, the pigs “went to market,” “stayed home,” “ate roast beef,” “had none,” and (the pinky toe; tickle all the way up his body with this one!) “cried wee, wee, wee, all the way home.”