The arrival of a little one sure does bring a high smile on your face, but the delight simply doubles up when you see your baby giggling and laughing. The cherubic little face brightens you up instantly, making you forget all the worries and concerns. While your baby explores and discovers new things and people around it, you turn back the pages of your childhood and revive the memories that got wearied off with time. While most people would say simply being beside a baby gives a sense of jubilation, the celebration can become twofold by indulging in an assortment of fun and amusing activities. Baby games and activities are a new stage for the lifetime of learning. The best aspect about these activities is that they are not only thrilling, but also build the motor and sensory skills of the baby. Additionally, these giggling and involving activities play a vital role in developing a sense of unconscious learning, stimulating sensory organs, and letting its mind run before you get it admitted to a pre-school. Besides, they go way ahead in building feelings of security and care in a baby. But for this, you will have to design some healthy and neat activities on a daily basis to train your baby and let it become proactive, enthusiastic, and joyful on maturing. Given here are some early infant activities that will serve as milestones in the growth and development of infants. Read on.
Activities for Infants
Babies love lullabies and easily associate them with different emotions. So, pick up one or two of them and sing them to your baby when it requires help in falling asleep. With time, it will get accustomed and relate those lullabies with naptime. Similarly, you can utilize other lullabies at other times, such as soothing a crying baby, while feeding or burping, calming down an overexcited baby and so on.
Babies tend to learn faster using their sensory systems. Therefore, whenever your baby responds to any particular object, help it learn more about that object by using its sensory system. Say, for instance, if your baby loves flowers, make it smell the flower, feel the touch, and watch the different colors of the same flower. With this kind of learning, your baby will be able to respond more easily as sensory organs during infanthood are extremely strong, thereby contributing to a baby’s learning power.
Categorizing is another set of activities that helps infants develop their learning skills swiftly. Pick up different objects you can find in your home and categorize them on the basis of color, shapes, sound, texture, and form. Help your baby in visualizing different colors and touching different shapes of the categorized objects. This will enable it to differentiate between different objects in its surroundings. Furthermore, you can make different learning videos for your baby, with new words and new objects. This will help your baby to identify and recognize different voices easily and more effectively.
With some obstacles in the way, your baby can navigate the twists, turns, and bumps on the road. Set up some pillows, stuffed animals, books, and toys on the floor in the form of a track. Hold your baby’s hands or crawl alongside it while guiding it to overcome those objects. If you wish, you can add a chair to teach it the art of moving under something. This will boost its motor skills, coordination, balance, and lower-body strength.
Stack ‘Em Up
Once babies master the technique of eye-hand coordination, they love building stuff and knocking the same down. Offer your little one different objects that can be easily placed on top of each other, such as wooden, foam, or cardboard blocks, board books, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, and plastic cups. Although it may require your help in erecting the skyscraper, but it sure would love to knock it down all by itself, once the building is constructed. This activity of building and stacking helps in boosting an infant’s fine and gross motor skills, apart from improving eye-hand coordination. Besides, the baby will also be learning about spatial relationships and shapes.
Babies desire to explore everything they can get their hands on. Help your baby fulfill its wish by introducing it to every room of your house and every inch of your yard. The new sights and sounds will attract it and help it explore the world. Your yard will have a plethora of things to be discovered, like a blade of grass, the bark of a tree, a warm stone, or a wet leaf. Pick up things to allow your baby get a closer look and feel of the object. Brush a leaf against its cheek to feel the touch, hold a flower to its nose to identify the smell, or let it squeeze some dirt with its fist. Similarly, let it explore different fascinating things at your sweet home, such as light switches, water faucets, silky curtains, and smooth windowpanes. This would build its vocabulary, enabling it to be actively curious, and promoting visual and sensory development. Besides, the listening and hand-eye coordination will further be given a boost.
Just because they are infants, it doesn't mean they lack intelligence. The astuteness of infants, when well guided can help them become bright and smart youngsters. Let your baby absorb lots of information and knowledge as you see it growing.