Playing Together is Growing Together

Fun Games to Help your Child Develop

Age-appropriate activities are a great way for parents to help their children grow, and an even better way to share some very special time together. They are a way of teaching your children basic skills and exercising their brains, even while they’re very young. Here are a few exercises for you to try with your children when you think they’re ready.

0 – 6 Months:

Tummy Time, is one of the oldest, and best exercises for toddlers because it’s so simple. Lay out some brightly coloured toys for your baby on the floor, in an area where you can watch them carefully, and let them squirm around and explore the world. Squat over them, hold toys above them, roll them from side to side, and above all else, have lots of fun!

Footsies, is another great game that stimulates your babies under developed motor skills. With your baby on its back, put brightly coloured socks or booties on their feet and then pinch one of their toes to grab their attention. When they become wrapped up in those colourful toes leave them to play, and watch as they exercise their back, arms, legs and core.

6 – 12 Months:

Something that requires slightly more defined co-ordination is, How Many Hats? Lay all the hats you have out on the floor in front of your toddler and let him or her hold them. Put them on your head, play peek-a-boo and have as much fun as you can. Your baby will then copy you, and be inspired to play for hours, learning about all sorts of colours, shapes and sizes.

A different game to those mentioned above is, Can You Hear Me? In a safe and open space put your little one on the floor and hide behind the furniture. Then call your child to find you and move around. They will rush around gleefully trying to discover where you’re hiding behind every corner.

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