• School and Learning
    Sound
    Can You Hear Me?
    Can You Hear Me?Time 5 to 10 minutes Materials Large pieces of furniture to hide behind Directions In this variation of peekaboo, you hide behind a piece of furniture. Call your baby by name, grabbing their attention before you pop out. Extension...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Touch Tour
    Touch TourTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Safe common household items Directions Treat your baby to a bird's eye view of the world and a chance to touch things too high to reach. Carry your baby around at your eye level and name each object as yo...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Communicating With Baby
    Buzzy Bee
    Buzzy BeeTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials None Directions Communications can be fun when they are silly. While holding your baby on your lap, move your fingers around in the air and make a buzzing sound. Make thebuzzy bee land on your baby's tummy ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Texture Crawl
    Texture CrawlTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Safe articles with interesting textures, such as a rubber floor mat, carpet samples, silk scarves, chenille rug, bubble wrap, a piece of corduroy, velvet, satin, sticky side of a piece of contact paper,...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Water Play
    Water PlayTime 30 minutes Materials Wading or plastic tub with a few inches of waterWaterplay equipment such as empty squeeze bottles, plastic cups, boats, funnels, balls, floating objects, plant sprayer, sponge or dish rag, etc. Directions Babie...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Sticky Fun
    Sticky FunTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Duct tapeHand-sized objectsA sheet of contact paper about 2 feet long Directions This activity will surprise and mystify your baby. Lay the contact paper out on the floor sticky-side up and tape it down ar...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Silly Stuff
    Silly StuffTime 5 minutes Materials Common household items Directions To encourage the development of humor, notice what your baby finds funny and repeat it.Try shaking your head and talking in a funny voice. Generally, anything out of the ordina...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Icebergs
    IcebergsTime 15 to 20 minutes Materials Empty half-gallon milk cartonHand-sized plastic objectsShallow baking dish Directions This puzzling activity can provide interest on and off for up to an hour. Put some small plastic objects into an empty m...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Pillow Fun
    Pillow FunTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Small pile of pillows Directions This activity needs little more than your encouragement to provide giggles and smiles. Pile the pillows in the middle of the floor and put your baby on top of them.Fluff th...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Echo Excitement
    Echo ExcitementTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials MailboxDirections While you are out on a walk, stop at your mailbox, lift up your baby, and as you open the lid, shout inside. The echo is terrific and will bring surprised looks and more calling and...
  • 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...