It’s a well-known fact that babies learn the most through play. Their cognitive skills develop at the amazingly fast rate and it won’t be long before they work out how to crawl, sit, stand and walk. Although all the development stages represent a natural course of events, it’s always advisable to encourage your baby to make the most of its new abilities.
Fun baby games can boost your child’s skills and most importantly they don’t require any particular preparation. By simply engaging with your baby in a positive way helps it learn problem-solving skills, develop its language skills and discover how interesting and versatile the world that surrounds it is. Here are some of the most interesting learning games you can play with your little ones on the go and during snack time as well.
Play tour guide
Although your baby is still unable to talk and communicate with you, it can still understand much of what you are saying. By narrating your day you indirectly involve your baby in your everyday activities and simultaneously you help it make connections between your words and the outer world. It’s important to speak slowly, simply and in higher pitched child-directed speech.
A tickle song is a repetitive game that improves baby’s memory. You can play “This little piggy” or “Round and round the garden” with their feet or toes. Take your baby and put it on your lap. Gently curl your baby’s toes or fingers while you sing. Your baby will not only enjoy it but will giggle in the excited anticipation of the tickle at the end.This is not only fun for both you and your baby but also helps develop baby’s memory skills.
What’s in the box
According to Dr. Leiderman, putting objects into the box and then spilling them out again helps babies develop their pincer grasp and builds the basis for scientific learning. While some babies like spilling things out of the box, others like putting things inside the box. Either way, it’s important to motivate your baby to pull each object one by one and while doing so talk about the shape, the color, the weight and the size of the object. In this way, your baby will not only practice its cognitive skills but also memory skills.
Mommy see mommy do
While you can still use the normal language to communicate with your child, you can use signals, sounds, and motions to nourish the communication between two of you. Keep in mind the communication with the baby strengthens the connections ah+nd helps the baby feel safer and more self-confident.
When your baby uses baby sounds like “coos” and “a-gas”, try repeating those sounds. Likewise, when your baby smiles or giggles, always smile back. This will help your baby realize that you are also having fun and that you are enjoying time spent together. This will also build the foundation for a deeper connection and easier communication in future.
5. Hands on, hands off
When you are teaching your baby how the things work, give them instructions and let them figure out the way how to solve a problem. although this might sometimes be overwhelming and even frustrating for a baby, it will help them develop their cognitive skills and improve the thinking process. Eventually, they will figure out that the cup is smaller than the pot and they will learn how to fix different situations.
If your baby is really frustrated, you can always offer your help by comforting them or giving them emotional support. Also, make sure you always praise their effort, reward them with something, or simply applaud.
6. Watch me
Babies love imitating others. You may not even notice it but when you are doing something like brushing your hair or wiping your face they may start doing the same thing what you are doing. You can turn this funny instinct into a great game by doing things like singing a silly song, blowing your cheeks, slapping your thigh and putting your hands on your head. Learning how to imitate is one of the first steps towards imaginative play.