0-3 Month Old Games

Motor Games and Activities

  • Place baby on their tummy to play for a few minutes at a time, a few times a day
  • Lie down and place baby tummy down on your chest so you’re face-to-face
  • Hold baby’s hands and clap them together while you play music and sing
  • Nestle baby close to you while you gently rock and sway
  • Change the direction that baby sleeps to encourage head turning and build strength

Sensory Games and Activities

  • Hang a colorful mobile above baby’s crib to provide visual stimulation
  • Gently touch and tickle baby to make them giggle
  • Play with baby in a variety of positions
  • Provide plenty of skin-to-skin contact with a parent or caregiver
  • Smile at baby, touch her hands, feet and forehead. See how she wiggles, reacts to touch and voices
  • Play or sing songs with baby to help enhance baby’s listening skills
  • When changing baby’s diaper touch different body parts and say “beep” baby may begin watching your hand and anticipating touch.
  • Hang a mirror on the wall. Tap the mirror and say baby’s name. Over time baby will begin to understand who the baby in the mirror is.
  • Show baby family photos or flip through a magazine. Point out the smiling faces to baby

Communication Games and Activities

  • Speak in a high-pitched, sing-song voice to help get and keep baby’s attention while you talk
  • Describe your actions as you dress, feed, and bathe your child. Talk about where you’re going and what you’re doing.
  • Give baby frequent face-to-face time
  • Shake a rattle up and down while singing to baby
  • Show pictures of family and friends and point out smiling faces
  • Hold up a doll or stuffed animal and point out the different body parts

 Feeding Games and Activities

  • Collect a variety of scents (flowers, spices, cookies) and pass them under baby’s nose one at a time to see what kinds of smells they prefer

4-6 Month Old Games

Motor Games and Activities

  • Place baby on their tummy to play in short spurts for up to an hour over the course of the day
  • Place baby tummy down on a blanket and move the blanket slowly around the room
  • Allow baby to explore age appropriate toys with their mouth and tongue (be sure that the toys are large enough so that baby does not risk choking)
  • Encourage baby to practice repeated rolling from back to tummy. Place toys around to encourage pivoting

Sensory Games and Activities

  • Encourage baby to touch fabric with different textures such as wool, corduroy, and velvet
  • Lift baby up and down and play in different positions to help develop their sense of movement and balance
  • Find balls with different textures and colors. Teach baby how to roll, drop, and bounce them.

Communication Games and Activities

  • Play peek-a-boo
  • Use a variety of facial expressions while you talk
  • Read with baby. “Reading” can simply mean describing pictures without following the written words.
  • Encourage two-way communication. When baby coos or babbles, be sure to respond and take turns in “conversation”.
  • Play with rhymes and songs
  • Encourage baby to play with toys that make sounds

Feeding Games and Activities

  • Collect a variety of scents (flowers, spices, cookies) and pass them under baby’s nose one at a time to see what kinds of smells they prefer

7-9 Month Old Games

Motor Games and Activities

  • Put a toy or book inside an empty cardboard box. Wrap it with colorful paper or newspaper comics. Clap your hands when baby yanks it open then announce what is inside.
  • Encourage movement by placing toys around baby where they must move to reach them
  • Encourage baby pushups during Tummy Time by raising and lowering a rattle over baby’s head
  • Engage baby in activities like reading or playing with a ball while in sitting
  • Gently push baby back and forth on a swing in the park, but make sure baby can sit up and hold head steady with no problem
  • When baby is holding a toy in each hand offer a third toy; watch as baby figures out how to grasp the new toy without letting go of the other two
  • Punch holes in lid of empty food container and fill with water to make a fun bath time toy
  • Get an empty plastic bucket and have baby throw toys into it
  • Use different household items , like squeeze toys or newspapers to make different noises for baby

Sensory Games and Activities

  • Use your hands to make shadow puppets for baby
  • Gently touch baby on the feet and tummy to make them giggle
  • Play with a jack in the box or windup toy with baby to show motion
  • Use animal sounds when playing with or reading to baby; point out an image of an animal then associate the sound that animal makes with the picture
  • Walk with baby in a carrier or baby backpack
  • Play with baby in many different positions
  • Take baby on a walk in a stroller or jogger
  • Use slow, rocking motions for calming and more vigorous motions for play time
  • Give baby space to explore environment, while staying close to supervise
  • Introduce new textures while baby is eating, sleeping, dressing, or playing outdoors, use a variety of sponges, soaps, and lotions during bath time
  • Provide plenty of skin-to-skin contact with a parent or caregiver
  • Encourage baby to play on the floor with toys of various colors, sizes, and shapes
  • Allow baby to grab and explore items within reach

Communication Games and Activities

  • Draw a picture of baby’s face and then point out the different parts
  • Play with a pretend phone; talk into phone as you would a regular call, then offer it to baby to do the same
  • Read short stories with baby
  • Start using hand movements along with associated words to teach baby to communicate with gestures
  • Describe your actions throughout the day as you dress, feed, and bathe baby. This gives baby an opportunity to listen to the sounds and rhythms of speech
  • Respond to baby’s sounds and encourage two-way communication
  • Play music throughout the day – lively, upbeat music during playtime, and quiet melodic music for naps and bedtime
  • Read picture books together to help baby connect words and images
  • Give baby frequent face time
  • Point out objects while you walk and talk with baby

Feeding Games and Activities

  • Try introducing pureed foods to baby. Puree a small amount of whatever you are having for dinner in a food processor, but be sure to avoid honey, cow’s milk, salt, and artificial sweeteners
  • Introduce new foods gradually and watch for baby’s response
  • Do not force food or show stress over a baby’s dislike for certain foods
  • Change the texture of food if baby refuses food
  • Provide baby with a healthy diet – avoid artificial ingredients, sugars, and preservatives

10-12 Month Old Games

Motor Games and Activities

  • Get baby to stack toys such as blocks or rings and describe each toy as your baby picks it up
  • Lie down on the floor and have baby crawl over you
  • Practice new gestures with baby like blowing kisses, clapping hands, or giving a high five
  • Use a toy to encourage baby to crawl when they are in a tummy time position
  • Roll a soft ball across the floor and encourage baby to crawl after it
  • Allow baby to play with toys they can push or pull across the floor
  • Read with baby while they lie on their tummy
  • Play with stackable blocks
  • Let baby play with large objects like tunnels, pillows, or cushions while supervised
  • If baby is already walking, let them try riding toys that they can sit on and scoot across the floor
  • Provide push toys that allow baby to practice walking with some support
  • Encourage baby to dance and sway to music
  • Provide opportunities for baby to experience slow, rocking movements

Sensory Games and Activities

  • Play peek-a-boo with baby
  • Have baby look at their reflection in the mirror and point out each body part
  • Encourage baby to crawl over, under, and through various objects in your home
  • Introduce baby to new textures through food, toys, clothes, sponges, etc.
  • Provide plenty of skin-to-skin contact with caregivers
  • Keep baby away from areas where people are smoking or using harsh chemicals

Communication Games and Activities

  • Practice waving bye-bye when a guest leaves your home
  • Read daily from big, colorful books and let baby turn the pages
  • Encourage baby to wave hello when meeting new people
  • Ask baby to point to different body parts when you name them
  • Ask baby questions and encourage response with words, baby sounds, cooing, or babbling. Record the conversation and play it back for baby to hear
  • Direct baby’s attention to interesting objects by helping them point their finger
  • Name textures, shapes, and sizes to help baby attach words to tactile experiences
  • Describe your actions throughout the day as you dress, feed, and bathe baby
  • Respond to baby’s sounds to encourage two-way communication

Feeding Games and Activities

  • Offer baby an assortment of food to try
  • Keep track of where baby is in their feeding development, well meaning friends and family may give baby food inappropriate for their age
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