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For the 3-6 Month Old Your Time and your playfulness! Lie baby on your lap Facing you. Rub and Tap baby’s hands together in the mid-line.  Encourage baby to reach to your face and to explore his own Pausing waiting and taking turns, is the dance of connection Tap and rub baby’s feet together. Making...
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For the 3-6 Month Old Your baby is responding and engaging more often with you As parents, you feel your baby’s love which reinforces his/her love for you Baby enjoys playful back and forth interactions with you
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12-24 Months Old Activities What do you need: Any empty container with a lid Cut a ‘slot’ or hole in the lid Gather any items that are able to fit in the slot How To play: Depending on your child’s development,  start with something as simple as a card or a block work up to...
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6—9 Months Old  Babies are learning to use their arms and hands to Manipulate objects They are gaining a stable sitting position which frees their arms for use Babies are learning to shake, bang, pull and poke objects Both hands work together to bang objects and pass them from hand to hand Finger movements develop...
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12-24 Month Old Activities  What do you need An upside down bin,  but you could easily swap the bin out for a table top A plastic tray or even a kitchen floor. Different types of tape and scissors. How To play: Cut lengths of each type of tape Fold a tiny bit under on each...
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6-9 Months Old Everyday Objects as Toys Make your own shakers and rattles out of sealable containers with rice inside Formula tins are great for banging shaking and turning Tie toys onto a ribbon or string for baby to pull Look for objects with holes inside for baby to poke fingers into Finger foods encourage...
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Self Feeding Acclivities: What do you need: Handful of Cheerios. For older children: Use a chopstick, pencil or anything long and thin, being careful to make sure that there are no sharp ends on the item How To play: Show your little one how to stack the cheerios before eating them. For older children show...
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Pom Pom Drop 12 Months & Up Activities: What do you need: Different sized coloured rolls – toilet paper or any other form of tube. Either paint or colour in the tubes different colours. Use coordinating pom poms, balls or scrunched up coloured paper that would fit down the tubes Masking tape or packing tape....
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Pom Pom Drop 9-12 Month Old Activities What you need: Different sized rolls / toilet paper or any other form of tube Masking tape or packing tape Small pom poms How to Play Tape a few paper towel tubes and toilet paper tubes to the wall using tape. Hand the kids a bowl of pom...
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Follow your Baby’s Interest for the 6-9 month Your baby is becoming curious and purposeful By following her interests you are reinforcing the importance of what she is doing This helps build self esteem and confidence Take time and watch your baby closely What is he curious about, what is he looking at, what is...
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Age: 3 Months Old Once your baby is a little older, play, “This Little Piggy” or “Round and Round the Garden” with their feet or hands. Hold them in your lap and gently uncurl their toes or fingers as you sing. Repeat the song a couple of times until they start to giggle in excited...
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Age: 4 Months Old To play this game you’ll need something new and exciting that your child will want to touch (I often use a set of keys) and a baby blanket. If you show your 4-month old baby a shiny set of keys, they will probably want to reach out and grab them. But...
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Age: From 4 Months Old Attach a small soft toy to a brightly coloured ribbon. Dangle it in front of your baby and make it sway. When they reach out and try to touch or grab it give them lots of praise. This will help them practice hand-eye coordination. Choosing a squeaky toy may give...
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What do you need: Different sized balls. Craft stickers Feathers Foil Bubble Wrap Foam Numbers Velcro / Felt Dots How To Play: Using a glue gun or craft glue.  Stick the different textures to different balls. Roll in front of baby for tummy time or let your little one touch and see the different colours...
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Pillow Climbing for Crawlers What do you need: different size and textured pillows. How to play: Let your little one traverse the obstacle course that you have set up for them. Remember to use words to explain what they are doing.  
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2 Months Old & Up What Do You need:  Bubbles How to Play: Blowing and playing with bubbles is fun to do with any baby! The activity helps the baby concentrate and communicate. It builds curiosity as the little explorer gets fascinated when the bubbles float and burst. The entire family can get involved in...
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Babies typically prefer a female voice over a male voice, which may explain why people raise the pitch of their voice when talking to babies. This is known as “motherese”
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A baby cannot taste salt until it is 4 month old. The delay maybe related to the development of kidneys which start to process sodium at about that age.
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New babies prefer looking at a drawing of a face rather than a random pattern and they prefer smiling faces to grumpy ones!
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Memory Children don’t remember much before the age of 3 due to what physiologist call ‘infantile amnesia’. Neuroscientists believe that early experiences never make it into long-term memory banks because the brain’s recording machinery inst functional yet or because memory is tied to language acquisition.
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The inner ear is the only sense organ to develop fully before birth. It reaches its adult size by the middle of pregnancy.  
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Age: From 4 Months Old Who says that babies only need lullabies and Mozart? Shake up your musical menu and have a little dance party a deux.  Different beats, different jargon different flavours of music all stimulate parts of the brain, as well as  helping your baby develop language and social skills. And whether iits...
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Age: From 3 Months Old Your baby loves having the chance to watch your face and this game will help sharpen their visual skills too. Hold your baby as close as you can, they can focus best on objects about 20cm to 35 cm from their face. When they are gazing into your eyes slowly...
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Age: From 2 Months Old Your baby will soon be able to raise their head up for a second or two lying on their tummy. If they are happy in this position, roll a brightly coloured ball across her line of vision, about 60cm from their body.  
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Age: From 6 Months Old Most Babies are fascinated by bubble. Sit your baby in a bouncy chair or car seat and blow bubble around them. See how they follow the bubbles with their eyes as they float down.
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Materials needed: Small toys or books, blanket What to do: Place a toy or book under a blanket, leaving part of the object showing. Then ask your baby, “Where is it?” and encourage him to look for it. “Babies will usually grab it and dig under the blanket, “If yours doesn’t, you could remove and...
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Materials needed: Cheerios, opaque plastic cups What to do: Create your own version of the old-fashioned shell game by hiding a Cheerio under a cup and seeing if your baby can find it. This simple activity reinforces object permanence, a major concept. Variations: Using two different-colored cups, put the Cheerio under one cup and move...
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Materials needed: None What to do: Around 6 to 8 months of age, your child will learn to clap, so encourage them with this rhyme: Clap, clap, one, two, three Clap, clap, clap with me. Clap, clap, four and five. Clap, clap, clap, bees in hive. Clap, clap, six, seven, eight. Clap, clap, clap, you...
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Materials needed: Wooden puzzles What to do: Around your babies first birthday, they will be ready for large wooden puzzles, Suggested with colorful shapes or pictures. You may have to guide their hands, Clap and cheer when they are successful. Skills learned: Problem solving, fine motor skills, visual skills
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Materials needed: Plastic measuring cups What to do: Take turns stacking the cups and knocking them down. You can also have a “race,”where you both stack cups at the same time. Skills learned: Understanding cause and effect, fine motor skills
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Age: From Birth Water has such a joyful relaxing effect on children – feel free to take advantage any time of the day. Your baby can go right in the tub (with you if you’d like) as you use your hands, sponges and funnels to splash water on different parts of their body.  When your...
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