Little Bloomer's Weekly Playdate : Weekly Baby Play Tips

Little Bloomer's Weekly Playdate : Weekly Baby Play Tips

Need new ideas to play with your baby this week? We got you! 

We've crafted a series of playful activities tailored for children aged 0 to 24 months. Each activity is designed to highlight a specific cognitive milestone, turning everyday moments into opportunities for growth and learning. From the gentle exploration of textures and sounds for newborns to imaginative adventures for toddlers, these activities utilize simple household items, making developmental play accessible and enjoyable for all.

0 to 3 Months: Exploring Contrast and Sound


Cognitive Milestone: Sensory Awareness

Activity: Create high-contrast visual stimuli using black and white patterns or simple images. You can use the ones from the Little Dreamer box or simply print some that you find online! Or use everyday items like a black and white striped cloth! Hold them about 8 to 12 inches away from your baby's face to gently stimulate your baby's visual tracking. Accompany this with soft, varying tones of your voice or different genres of music played at a low volume. This multi-sensory experience nurtures their developing sensory awareness, laying a foundation for cognitive growth.



3 to 6 Months: Mirror Discoveries


Cognitive Milestone: Cause and Effect

Activity: Holding your baby in front of a mirror, engage in facial expressions and simple actions like waving. You can make funny faces or serious faces and hopefully get a giggle out of baby! This not only captivates their attention but introduces the idea that actions have reactions, a foundational concept of cause and effect. It's a magical moment of self-discovery and interaction with their environment.

6 to 9 Months: Peek-a-Boo with Household Items


Cognitive Milestone: Object Permanence

Activity: Use everyday items like a soft scarf or a small towel to play peek-a-boo, first with your face and then with toys. This not only tickles their funny bone but helps them grasp the fascinating concept that objects and people continue to exist, even when out of sight.

9 to 12 Months: Sound Sorting Symphony


Cognitive Milestone: Categorization

Activity: Gather various containers, like small boxes and bottles, and fill them with different items (beans, rice, pasta) to create homemade shakers. Encourage your baby to shake them and sort them by sound intensity or size. This activity hones their categorization skills through the playful exploration of sounds and the physical attributes of objects.

12 to 15 Months: Puzzle Playtime


Cognitive Milestone: Problem-Solving Skills

Activity: Use household items to play some fitting game. Gather various containers with lids, such as Tupperware, jars, and boxes. Encourage your toddler to match each lid to the correct container, discussing shapes and sizes as they play.This encourages your toddler to think critically and solve problems, enhancing their cognitive development through playful exploration.

15 to 18 Months: Follow the Leader


Cognitive Milestone: Following Directions

Activity: Engage in a simple game where you give one-step instructions, "Can you bring the spoon?" or "Show me the ball." Use objects around the house for this interactive play, bolstering their ability to process and follow simple directions, a key step in cognitive and language development.

18 to 24 Months: Creative Storytime


Cognitive Milestone: Imaginative Play

Activity: Transform your living room into an imaginative landscape using household items. Navigate the hero across the enchanted river (a cloth on the floor) and through dark caves (under a table), using the flashlight to guide their path. Along the way, the spoon hero faces fun challenges like crossing the river without getting 'wet' and finding the hidden treasure beneath the mountain. This activity fuels imagination and storytelling skills, turning everyday items into an epic adventure. 

Each activity is designed to support your little one's cognitive milestones through interaction, exploration, and most importantly, fun. Remember, every child develops at their own pace, so let your child's curiosity and interests guide these playful learning experiences. Enjoy these precious moments of discovery and connection, celebrating each small step and giggle along the way.

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