This is one of my favourites, and Calla's too. She loves hanging by the safety gate when I'm in the kitchen. I try not to let her in, especially when I'm cooking. So instead of making the safety gate the enemy, I've put some toilet rolls there (with washi tape of course) and she loves squatting there and spinning them and watching them go round and round. Picking them up and watching them fall is also fun!
(in this picture, she's actually on the wrong side of the safety gate, heh)
Calla's got an older sister who loves to paint. Which means that occasionally, she gets to smudge her fingers in paint too. Which is a fantastic experience for her, but sometimes I just want a quick activity for her that doesn't require me to spend an hour cleaning up after. So here we go, mess-free painting!
Technically, it's not even painting. It's "pretend painting". I traced the circles using toilet rolls, and Poppy painted the colours in, and after they dried, we laminted the sheet. The baby liked it, but not as much as real painting :)
Pom-poms are really good in helping little fingers practice their pincer grasp. I never used to make a big deal out of this, I mean, it's just pinching something up, right?
It may seem like nothing to us big guys, but to these little guys, it's is an amazing feat - your baby's brain, muscles and nervous system are becoming synchronized and she's working on really sophisticated coordination. Also, it is baby's first step to self-feeding, and even writing.
Seeing something 'go away', only to have it returned to them, also sets a good foundation for them when they are older and learn the concept of sharing, knowing that their toys will be ultimately come back to them.
Uh oh, I got this idea from another mum blog but can't find the link anymore! If you are that mummy, please send me your addy and I will happily credit you
Awww, it's raining. Or perhaps you should mean 'wow it's raining, yay!'? Walks are great, but walking in the rain brings everything to a whole new level. There are puddles to splash in and reflections to gaze upon, floating leaves to watch and raindrops to look up at, and feel on your hands or pitter pattering on your head.
You can choose to let your baby walk and explore by herself, or do a running commentary with her. "Does the puddle feel cold?" "Is that nut wet?" "Shall we go splash?"
Calla's favourite things these days are buses and stars. So I found these star shaped post-it pads, stuck them on a contrasting background (that's Poppy's black board wall). I sat a couple of metres away and asked her to bring the stars to me, which she did very happily, one by one, grinning away with each delivery :)
Pincer grasp in action again, folks! And an excellent opportunity to practice learning instructions, and showering baby with positive reinforcements ('Thank you for the star!').
If you liked these activities, check out the others we have done!
Activities for babies 6-12 months here
Activities for babies 12-18 months here
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