• Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Wheelbarrow Fun
    Wheelbarrow FunTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials None Directions You can help your baby gain upper body strength by gently lifting the legs while she is in the tummy position, encouraging her to move forward with the hands, if interested. This shou...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Change It
    Change ItTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Cupboard with safe items that can be removed Directions To engender curiosity and safe exploration, make it a habit to put heavy breakable items in overhead cabinets and safe objects in the lower ones and e...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Tummy Time
    Tummy TimeTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials None Directions Playing from the tummy position allows for a different view of the world. Although it is recommended that babies sleep on their backs as a precaution against SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndr...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Pile Them High
    Pile Them HighTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Flat empty boxes from shoes, cereal, etc. Directions Deciding where to place things makes this activity fun and is an early lesson in balancing. Show your baby how to stack the boxes and then hand the...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    On a Roll
    On a RollTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Small baby blanket Directions Babies learn to roll over on their own and don't need to be taught, but you can help to strengthen the muscles involved by laying your baby on her side and providing support fr...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Floating Catch
    Floating CatchTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Variety of lightweight scarves of different colors and patterns Directions As you sit on the floor together, throw a scarf into the air and catch it in your arms as it floats back down.Throw another sc...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Blow a Kiss
    Blow a KissTime 5 minutes Materials None Directions You can teach your baby to give a gift of love as you blow a kiss to her and encourage copying blowing a kiss by spreading open your arms and saying, "Blow me a kiss." Extensions Help your bab...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Beanbag Toss
    Beanbag TossTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Large laundry basketPlastic sandwich bags or old socksPackage of dry beans Directions Physical games encourage decision making about when and how to move the body. Tossing objects at a target can give y...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Communicating With Baby
    Calm Down
    Calm DownTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials None Directions To get your child to listen to you, get down on their eye level and speak slowly while making eye contact. Keep what you have to say simple and short. Extensions The next time you are shop...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    That Makes Three
    That Makes ThreeTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials 3 medium-sized items such as a washrag, yarn ball, small cup, or set of keys Directions Hand control is still developing, but with this activity you throw in decision making as well. Sit on the floo...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Early Learning Activities
    Pointing Power
    Pointing PowerTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials None Directions Everything has a name, and it is fun to hear the words. Teach your baby to point at objects so you can say what they are. It will quickly become a game to your baby. Extensions Revers...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    String Along
    String AlongTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Hand-sized objectsA piece of thick yarn 2 to 3 feet long Directions Something as simple as grabbing for a toy helps to teach your baby how to control the environment. Tie the object or toy to one end o...
  • School and Learning
    Body Parts
    Fun with Faces
    Fun with FacesTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials None Directions It is always fun for your baby to explore your face. Put your baby's hand on one part of your face or head, such as your nose, mouth, chin, ear, etc. and say what it is. Extensions Ta...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Climb Aboard
    Climb AboardTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials None Directions By positioning yourself on the floor in a playful position, you invite a decision to participate.While lying on the floor, call your crawling baby to come play with you.Let your baby appr...