Baby games are not difficult to pull off. To pull off baby games, parents just need some enthusiasm and willingness to act like a fool! So, draw the curtains to hide away from nosy neighbours and check out these 6 fun and educational games to play with your baby!
The easiest and best game for babies ever! All you need to do is to hide your face behind your hands and say “Peekaboo!” when you move your hands away. This disappearing and reappearing act fascinate babies below 9 months old because they don’t realize you’re still there when your face is covered. It’s a good game to help babies learn that you’ll still come back when you go away. As the baby gets used to the game, he or she may try to reach out to pull your hands apart.
2. Talk to them!
When the baby starts cooing and gaga-ing, try imitating their sounds. This will help them develop communication skills and back-and-forth interaction. By smiling back when your child smiles, it gives them self-confidence because it shows that you’re enjoying their company.
3. Lots of music and dance
Babies need lots of cuddles to feel secure and to build an emotional attachment to close family members. A fun twist to cuddles is to do a silly dance with them to get them laughing. If the baby is tired or upset, a gentle sway or slow dance around the room may help calm the baby down.
4. Where’s Your Nose?
This silly game is good to develop a baby’s language skills. Ask your baby “Where’s your nose?” in a singsong voice. Then, gently touch your baby’s nose and say “There’s your nose!” with excitement. Repeat the game by pointing to different body parts.
5. Sensorial play
Help your baby feel a range sensory experiences in a safe way by letting the baby touch and feel different fabrics in the house. Get them to feel cotton shirts, satin, velvet and corduroy. The different textures will keep them occupied for some time. Your baby will develop muscle strength and coordination when they wave the fabric around.
Parents can also build a hanging sensorial mobile or a Sensorial Ring for the baby by twirling certain materials such as feathery garlands or by tying some of their toys. Check out some of the alternatives here and here!
6. Singing and rhyming time!
Babies love listening to the voices of people they know and they like repetitive sounds. This is where nursery rhymes reign! Since babies can’t actually speak yet, the adults will have to do most of the singing and rhyming. All the effort will pay off when the babies develop good language skills.
Rhyming games such as Round and Round the Garden will keep them giggling from the tickles. Parents can recite rhymes almost anytime and anywhere. It can be during bath time, before bedtime and even in a car ride.