Playing with your baby will not only help her with her social development but playing games is also a great way for your baby to learn. While you play, your baby will be working on her speech and language development, hand eye coordination, and improving her muscle tone. Here are a few of the classic games you can play with your baby.
So Big Play this game with your baby regularly and watch to see when she catches on. Say to your baby “How big are you baby?” And then respond with “So big!” Show your baby how to raise her arms up high as you say “so big.” She may need some help with this at first but if you do this regularly she will understand how to play the game.
Your baby will love to play peekaboo. Cover your face with your hands and then after a minute uncover your face and say “peekaboo.” This game is sure to have your baby giggling and having a good time.
Play patty-cake with your baby. Have him sit in your lap while you play. You can start by just helping him clap his hands while you say the rhyme. As he gets older he can clap on his own or you can pat your hands together to play this game.
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Sing the itsy bitsy spider with baby in your lap. You can start by doing the motions yourself for the song and as your baby gets older she can start doing the motions too.
This Little Piggy
Have your baby sit in your lap while you play with his piggies. Start with the big toe and say “this little piggy went to market” and then move to the next toe. The rest of the toes go like this “this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy had roast beef, this little piggy had none, and this little piggy went wee wee wee all the way home”.
Help your baby learn where his body parts are by playing games. Ask your baby “Where is your nose?” Then show him where his nose is. Or you can touch his belly and say “belly, belly, belly, mommy’s got your belly.” Babies also love to point at mommy’s body parts.
Help your baby learn animal sounds by asking her “what does the cow say?” Answer her with “the cow says moo.” The more outrageous and funny you are with this the easier it is for baby to catch on. Soon your baby will know all her animal sounds.
These are just a few of the classic games you can play with baby. Making up your own games, reading books to your baby, and making time for play are important for your baby’s development.