Infant Activities

Gross Motor

Tummy Time - Place your baby on her tummy and move bright coloured toys in front of her. This will encourage her to lift her head, push herself up off the floor and reached out. Encourage your baby to roll from her tummy to her back.

(This is a great way for your baby to learn how her body works and explore her environment. In the beginning, place your baby on her tummy for two to three times a day for about three to five minutes each session. As she gets stronger, you can gradually increase the length of time your baby spends on her stomach.)

 

Prop your baby up in a sitting position

 

Place your baby on her back

 

Hold your baby at the shoulders

 

Fine Motor

 

Place toys in various positions and distances from your baby so he can reach out and grasp them. Say, “Get the ball”.

 

Encourage your baby to grab, kick, and play with his feetby putting on colourful socks.

 

Encourage your baby to use his hand by handing him different objects and toys of different sizes, colours and textures to feel, hold and squeeze.

(This is a great way to build muscles in his fingers)

 

Clap his hands together and even play pat-a-cake.

(This is a great what for your baby to see how his hands move)

Social Emotional

 

Hold and take your baby around 

(This is a great way to allow your baby to feel safe and secure while exploring the world around her)

 

During quiet time, rock your baby in your arms, hold her close, make eye contact, talk and sing to her.

(This is a great way for your baby to learn to trust you)

 

Massage and gently tickle your baby. See how she responds if she likes its the repeat.

Language

Talk to your baby face to face, use his name often during 

playing, dressing, and feeding.

 

From time to time change your voice from high to low, frome soft to singing. 

 

Imitate your baby's speech sounds like the coos, jabbering, signs. Imitate your baby's action like his facial expressions, and movements. See if your baby responds and then react to him by smiling, laughing and praising. 

 

Say nursery rhymes, and sing lullabies. Even make songs up if like.

(This is a great way to see if your baby can turn to find you, when you try singing from different parts of the room.)

 

Remember to give your baby quiet time each day.

Cognitive

 

Place a variety of toys of different textures in her hand. Crib gyms or other suspended objects will help me to practice these skills.

(This is a great way to give your baby time to practise looking, reaching, and touching.)

 

When your baby is not watching you, shake a rattle, squeeze a toy, or call her name from different parts of the room.

(This is a great way to help your baby look in the direction of new sounds.)

 

Avoid baby talk and use real words when you communicate what your baby is doing.

 

Prop your baby up in a corner of the couch or on the floor with support (blankets, pillows) and put some of her favourite toys within reach to play with. Stay with your baby to keep me safe for she is not yet steady to be on her own.

Note: These skills are mastered by most children by the age group show. However, the activities are a bit more challenging than others. By practicing these activities with your child, it will help you child to prepare the next developmental stage. Each activity has a symbol that represents the main area of development.

 

If you have questions or concerns about using any activity for your child, contact a health care or child care professional.