Fun baby games, that can boost your little one’s skills and development, don’t need to be complicated.
In fact, the best ones are super simple and you might just find yourself having as many giggles as baby!
One of the best baby games to play with your little one is also one of the easiest. Until babies are around 9 months old, they don't realise that you're still there when your face is covered. Watch your little one’s amazement at your 'magical' disappearing act. After your child begins to understand the game more, she may try to "find" you by reaching for your hands when you hide.
Mummy see, mummy do
You can read your little one's signals to know when she's in a playful mood. For example, if your baby is vocalising with "coos" and "ga-gas," try imitating your baby's sounds. That will help your baby develop a foundation for conversation skills.
All babies need plenty of cuddling time to help them feel secure and build emotional attachments to the important people in their lives. Try dancing around with baby. If she's in a playful mood, do a gentle, silly jig together to get her giggling. If your baby's tired or upset, she might prefer a slow dance around the room to help her calm down with motion.
Where's your nose?
Want to work on developing language skills and make baby giggle at the same time? Then this simple baby game is perfect for you. To help boost your baby's development ask her, "Where's your nose?" in a singsong voice. Then gently touch your baby's nose as you say "There's your nose!" with great delight. Repeating this game and playing it with different parts of baby's body or nearby objects will help your baby start to learn the meaning of different words.
Fabric fun with baby
When baby is little, the world is a big sea of new sensory experiences. The best development games provide ways for your baby to explore her environment safely. Watch how your baby plays when you give her pieces of fabric with different textures - such as corduroy, satin, and velvet - to handle. The variety of textures will intrigue her. At the same time, holding pieces of fabric and waving them around will her help build muscle strength and coordination.
Shake, rattle, and roll
There's a reason baby rattles are so popular. Not only do they help baby develop, but they're great fun to play with, too. When baby is little, try shaking her rattle as she watches you. You can then move it out of her sight and continue to rattle it after you're sure you have her attention. Pretty soon, she'll turn her head in an attempt to find the source of the rattling.