Baby’s senses develop very quickly as they grow, which makes them able to enjoy the fun learning activities.Initial two years of baby’s life is a stage of sensory and motor development.In fact they start learning about their environment and family. Their intellectual and cognitive skills are also developing with time. While involving babies in different activities, their safety is most important. Activities should be safe and captivating and it is proved that rattles and other sound making and lightening toys are quite helpful to keep baby happy. This article will cover fun things to do at home and learning activities for 0 to 6 months babies which will give you a joy and chance to spend wonderful time with your little one.
The level of curiosity in babies increase day by day, toddlers and crawlers always explore around home and manipulate everything comes in their way.
However infants need some help from mum, dad and siblings to incorporate with sensory and motor stimulation and experience the movements. Since, infants cannot do more than using colorful eye catching harmless rattles and sound making toys, which can attract their attention. But again there are some sensory activities which are also to help them develop their mental, physical, social and intellectual skills even much better.
Though it is difficult to find out the exact age of being engage with infant in learning activities but I would suggest you to start in early ages when your infant is 0-6 months. For this I would suggest few interesting activities that your infant will enjoy.
Kicking/moving balloons: The most interesting activity that infant loves is kicking balloon, take a balloon with vibrant color fill an air and tie up with an infant’s leg or hand. As much as he will move leg or arm, balloon will move along. This simple activity can entertain your infant for long and he will not get bored, even you can continue your work around. This activity helps your infant in following ways:
- To make leg and arm muscles strong.
- Even Belly muscles also get strong.
- Improve looking at a point and enforce neck to push up.
- Encourage sensory development and promote learning skills.
- Create sense of feel and touch.
- Stimulates the ability to look at a moving object as they see the moving balloon.
Flown bubbles: Sometimes it becomes harder for parents to understand and decide the intellectual activity that could attract infant’s attention and keeps him busy and happy. Though being a parent we always try to introduce activities that could help them to make their five senses strong. Here I am mentioning a very interesting activity that can surely bring joy, excitement, and physical development in infants.
My 4 years old daughter kija used to play and enjoy this activity with Abraham when he was 3 months old. She was eagerly waiting for him to grow-up so she could play with him, but for that time she found this activity very useful to engage him. At first when kija blow bubbles around Abraham, he got astonished and was looking all around, first bubbles flown in the room, coming down then they burst and vanished, she was keep floating again and again and he was moving his hand with lot of excitement as he was trying to catch them, all these moments were mesmerizing. They both were having fun with this sensory activity. If this is your first baby, then you can blow bubbles for your little one to enjoy, as i did with Kija.
Peek a Boo: Though your baby is learning from all activities you do with them and from their environment but when your baby get 4-5 month older, he/she started to enjoying thing which suddenly popped up and then disappear and they love this repetition again and again. If you play peek a boo with your little one with the help of a little blanket or cloth or just by hiding your face with your hands and then suddenly remove the blanket or hands to show your face to the little one.
You will be astonished to see, how much they enjoy this peek a boo game and soon they will start hiding their face with their little hands as they grow. This activity teaches your little one the permanence of an object as they don’t know that objects do exist even if they are out of their sight and things can appear and then disappear and then again reappear. This will help them to deal with Separation Anxiety, as from this activity they learn that if something they see is disappeared will come back later on..