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6-9 Months, Play Ideas and Games – Using Household Equipment

6-9 Months, Play Ideas and Games – Using Household Equipment

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GAME or TOYSKILL FOCUSSound Makers
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chimes, rice in container, scratching sandpaper, bubble wrap, keys, a canfilled with beans
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even normal things in daily life like the birds, the cars going by, the leavesin the trees
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Show your baby where the special sounds are coming from so she canfocus on them
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Repeat the sounds yourself and encourage him to copy your "broombroom" as the car goes byHearing / Listening Attention SkillsLanguage
Make a Baby Story
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Use an old photo album book, a blank work book or just some paper stapled together 
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Stick in photos of your baby from birth to now
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 As you flick through tell your baby about their life so far and all the happytimes you have had together 
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Teach him how to turn the pages himself VisionHand Manipulation
Box Games
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Shoe boxes are good but for variety ask your local shops for some reallybig boxes too
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Stack up boxes then knock 'em down
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Use boxes big enough to sit in and crawl in and out of 
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You can play jack-in-the-box in a big box
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With an empty shoe box you can make a "Touchy Feely Box". Fill the shoebox with interesting objects with unusual textures, cut a hand hole in the lidbig enough for your baby to reach in and feel all the objects without beingable to see them.Body AwarenessSpatial AwarenessTouch DiscriminationSizes and ShapesHand-EyeCoordinationHand Manipulation
Swim Tubes (on dry land)
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To help your little one gain confidence sitting alone you can blow up 1, 2 or 3 swim tubes and put them around her while she is sitting
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She won't be able to fall with these on and she will have such funbalancing all on her ownSitting BalanceTrunk Strength
Bubbles
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Blowing Bubbles : blow bubbles and watch them float through the sky
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Bubble Bottle : fill an old water bottle 1/3 full of water, add a few drops of food colouring and a small amount of detergent, add a straw and blowbubbles for your baby in the water and watch the bubbles grow
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Straw in the bath : blow bubbles underwater in the bath near your babyand watch her amazementVisual Tracking
 
Mirror Reflections
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Stand in front of a mirror with your baby
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Point to his nose and say "(name)'s nose"
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Get his hand and help him reach up to your nose and then his own nose
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Continue with all the other body partsVisionLanguageHand-EyeCoordination
Photos (who do you see?)
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Grab a photo album and see who you can find
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Name mummy, daddy, siblings, grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins
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Teach your baby by helping them to point at each person as you namethemVisionCognitionHand-EyeCoordination
Tummy Time Activities
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Set your baby up with toys in front of them while they are lying on a mat ontheir tummy
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Let them play in this position as long as they like as it is a great spot tohelp them prepare for crawlingNeck and BackStrengthCrawling Preparation
Object Hide-and-seek
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Start by placing a cloth over a favourite toy and asking, "Where is teddy?"and wait for your child to take the cloth awayObject PermanenceCognitionVision
Sock Puppets
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Use a few old colourful socks, a some texta pens or niko to draw a face or sew some eyes on
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Pop up from behind the couch and you will have the best show in town!Visual PerceptionHearing
Cushion Sitting Balance
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Help your baby to gain confidence in sitting
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 Allow them to sit independently by propping some pillows behind them
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if they are already good at sitting you can challenge them by sitting themon a big cushion to test their balance – be sure to be nearby in case theyoverbalance!Sitting BalanceTrunk Strength
"Helping" in the Kitchen
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Your 6-9 month old will love to make plenty of noise with pots, pans,measuring cups and spoons, wooden spoons, ladles….whatever he canget his hands on!
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Have a designated drawer your baby can play in that contains only safekitchen implements – but just be careful of little fingers in cupboard doorsHand ManipulationHand-EyeCoordination
Which Hand Is It?
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Place a small toy in your hand
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Show your baby where it is then close both your hands so she can't see itany moreObject PermanenceReaching
 
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Then ask. "Where's the toy?" or "Which hand?"
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Encourage your baby to reach for the side where the toy is then show your baby by opening your hand
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Swap hands then repeat as many times as you like
Bath Games
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Backstroke baby : support your baby's head as you gently lay her back inthe water, encourage her to move her legs or just relax and enjoy thefeeling
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Squeezing sponges or washers, feeling the water trickle over differentparts of his body
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Poke holes in an old milk carton and use it to make "rain"
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You can gently pour water over your child's head preparing them with"(name).. Ready…Go"Sitting BalanceHand ManipulationTouch ExplorationHand-EyecoordinationWater FamiliarisationBreath Control
Hats and More Hats
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Collect as many different hats as you can (especially big broad brimmedones or colourful ones)
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Then collect as many household items that could be worn as a hat (like alamp shade, colander, saucepan, paper bag etc)
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Practise putting the hats on and making funny faces or talking in a funnyvoice to your baby – try some character role playing!
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 As your baby gets better at grasping and releasing objects, let her try totake the hats off your head or putting one on you or herself (caution : thehousehold items may be too heavy for her to try at this stage so will needyour help)Visual PerceptionGrasp and ReleaseBody Awareness
Tube Scarves
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Find an empty glad wrap tube and stuff it with a long scarf or a few scarvesknotted together 
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Leave the end of the scarf poking out each end of the tube
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Show your baby how to pull on the scarf and watch their amazement asthe scarf emerges – magic!Hand-EyeCoordinationProblem Solving
Baby Cupboard
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Have a special "baby cupboard" where your little one can keep some of hisfavourite toys
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Make sure it is easily accessible with no doors (so fingers can't get jammed)
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If you don't have a cupboard you can use some boxes placed on their sideto do the same jobIndependenceExploration
Balloon Fun
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Blow one up and then let it go – watch it fly around the room
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Or blow one up and tie it to your baby's wrist so it can't get awayEye FollowHand-EyeCoordination

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