Fun Activities for 6- to 12-Month-Olds
Babies enjoy the months between 6 and 12 because they are exciting. Your child is growing and changing at an amazing rate, and the developmental milestones that start to appear mark the change from a tiny, defenseless newborn to a curious, mobile, babbling toddler.
Let’s make the best of their exciting journey and discover fun activities for babies to support your little one’s growth.
Fun Activities for Babies
Babies will probably be able to sit up by themselves, feed themselves small finger foods, start to crawl, pull themselves up to a standing position, and take those first steps during this short period of time. They might even be able to speak their first words. The best way to help your baby master new skills is to play a lot and provide lots of loving support. See what these eight infant activities you can do at home with them are all about.
- Reading: Babies can learn about storytelling, "reading" a picture, and listening skills between the ages of 6 to 12 months, so it's never too early to start reading.
- Dancing: Dancing is an excellent way to spend quality time with your little one to bond with them. Hold your child’s hands while they practice standing and bouncing their body while dancing. Not only is this an excellent way to gaet some exercise, but it helps your baby to practice balance and improve strength and coordination.
- Stacking: It is a great way to play and develop skills. Small objects are something that babies already try to grasp, and stacking encourages them to use those objects to construct something. The ideal toys to practice this skill set are colorful nesting boxes or stacking rings.
- Puzzles: Pick a puzzle with giant pieces and vibrant colors to get your little one’s puzzle game started. They will definitely need your help along the way. 3D puzzles are a fun way to support their developing problem-solving skills.
- Clapping and Banging: Babies are already learning how to clap at this age. Add a little bang to this, and enjoy the not-so-musical but fun banging sounds with your little one. Join them to create a pattern in banging and encourage them to follow it.
- Singing, rhyming, talking: Your baby's brain is rapidly developing, and its language center is well-suited to taking in new words. Your child may not be able to talk quite yet, but that doesn't mean they don't understand some of what you're saying to them. Spend some time practicing saying simple words like "mommy" and "daddy," as well as naming things like a bottle, "eye," “kiss”, and "hug.". Rhyming and singing together while having fun are excellent ways to develop your baby's language skills.
- Playdough: The moldable clay is enjoyable for children of all ages, so who doesn't love playdough? It's beneficial for your baby's hand-eye coordination, grasping abilities, and hand-muscle development to let them squish and pound on a lump of colorful clay. For babies, it's a delightful tactile experience as well. To avoid a choking hazard, you should never allow your baby to play with playdough unattended. Also, prevent them from putting the dough in their mouths. It's best to stick with taste-safe versions because infants may still try to take a lick.
Without a doubt, another great way to have fun activities with your child is through toys. Here at Peekaboo we care about our little one’s development and present a wide selection of toys offering activities for 6-month-old babies to enjoy!
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