As your baby grows and develops, so must their activities. Over the course of the next several months, your 6-12 month old infant will learn how to sit without support, crawl and possibly even walk. She will begin to pick up small objects with thumbs and fingers, imitate sounds, participate in two-way communication, and increase her babbling vocabulary. Listed below, you will find some great infant activities you can do with your baby to encourage their development of these skills.
Edible Sensory Buckets
With edible sensory buckets, you can help your infant develop both their sensory skills and motor coordination. For those without buckets at home, you can find great options at the dollar store and target for under $5. Three great edible options are:
- Edible Sand Pit. Graham crackers, cheerios, oatmeal, or any combination of these can be used for this activity. Put the entire box in the blender and grind it until it’s a fine powder. Place in a bucket; add spoons, bowls, and beach toys. Dig in and have fun!
- Rainbow Spaghetti Cook the spaghetti according to the directions on the package. After cooking, run under cold water and then separate evenly into individual bags. Put a squirt of oil and your favorite color in each bag. Let each bag dry on parchment paper for an hour, then add to your bucket.
- Jello Pit Using any flavor of jello, make it according to the directions on the box. Before placing it in the fridge to set, place various blocks, toys, or foam letters in the container. After the jello has been set, allow your child to dig or scoop out each object. There will be a lot of mess and stickiness involved in this activity. Try doing this activity in the bath or outside to make cleaning up easier.
Sticky Wall Grab
The activity is a simple and easy way to help infants build their fine motor muscles through their ability to grasp and manipulate objects. All you need for this activity is contact paper, painter’s tape, and puzzle pieces. Unroll your contact paper and tape it to the wall at your child’s height. You can place some of the puzzle pieces on the floor for them to place on the contact paper and others on the paper for them to take down. If you don’t have any puzzles, you can attach dollar store foam letters, feathers, pompoms, or even plastic spoons.
Pipe Cleaner Colander
This activity is great for the slightly older child, typically between 9 and 12months, once they have developed their pincer grasp. All you need for this activity is pipe cleaners and a colander. Place a few of your pipe cleaners through the holes in the colander and allow your child to pull them back out. While they are pulling them out, you can discuss the color that they are pulling or even the directionality. You can even assist them in placing them back inside of the holes. If you do not have pipe cleaners, try using q-tips.
For more fun and developmentally appropriate infant activities try these from last week! To learn more about developmental milestones to help your little one reach take our online course, Caring For Young Children: Early Childhood Milestones.
About The Author
Nia Davidson has over 10 years of experience working with children in Boston and Virginia, as well as abroad. She studied human development and family studies at the University of Vermont. She is also trained as a birth and postpartum doula, infant/toddler yoga instructor, and works as a Newborn Care Expert with BBN&N. Growing up mostly abroad in Germany and Qatar, she has a unique understanding of different cultures and traditions. She understands that bringing a newborn home can be filled with wonder and excitement but also can be a time of stress. Nia’s calm demeanor, loving nature, and multicultural experiences abroad make her uniquely capable of supporting families through the newborn stages. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and practicing yoga.