Explore Through Movement and Play
Encourage curiosity, discovery, and a healthy body.
Sink or Float
During bath time, guess whether an item will sink or float. Then place it in the water to find out. Try a different object. See what happens and talk about it.
On and Off
Help your older baby push buttons or turn things on/off (with supervision). Think doorbells, light switches, or faucets. Talk about what they did and what happened.
Once your baby can grasp objects, they will enjoy picking them up and dropping them into containers. What objects/containers could they use? Describe their actions using position words.
Move Arms and Legs
When playing with your baby, help them experience new movements. Gently bicycle their legs. Or clap their hands or feet in a rhythm as you sing or chant.
Help with Experiments
Your infant discovers how the world works by experimenting. They also learn through repetition, so they might drop a spoon over and over to see what happens. Watch and assist!
Hide your face with your hands and then open them up to show a big smile. You can also hide objects under a towel or in a box for your baby to find.
Give your baby a small mirror to play with or sit in front of a large mirror together and make silly faces. Point to and label their body parts.
Provide objects with different colors, shapes, sounds, and textures. Your baby will love to examine items from your home and nature, like keys, sponges and pinecones. Sit back and see what interests them most.
Hold a toy over your infant’s head or put one on the floor just beyond their reach to encourage movement.
Your baby should sleep on their back, but during the day while awake, make sure they get supervised "tummy time." Start with just a few minutes until they get used to it. Make it fun by getting on the floor with them.
Let Them Move Around
Give your baby time and space to explore their surroundings by reaching, rolling, scooting, and crawling. Just make sure they are safe.