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3-6 Months, Play Ideas and Games – Using Household Equipment

3-6 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 leaves inthe trees
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Show your baby where the special sounds are coming from so she can focuson them
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Repeat the sounds yourself and encourage him to copy your "broom broom"as the car goes byHearing / Listening Attention SkillsLanguage
The Dangling Toy
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Position your baby in lying or supported sitting
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Tie a piece of string to one of her favourite toys
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Dangle the toy in front of your baby encouraging her to reach out and swat thetoyHand-EyeCoordinationVisual PerceptionEarly Striking Practice
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 3swim 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 fun balancing allon her ownSitting BalanceTrunk Strength
Bubbles
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Blowing Bubbles : blow bubbles and watch them float through the skyVisual Tracking
Mirror Reflections
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The mirror is a great place for many games to try :
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Stand in front of a mirror with your baby- make some funny faces or help your baby play peek-a-boo with himself 
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Tummy time in front of a mirror - position your baby on their tummy on the floor - set up a mirror in front of him so he can see himself - watch him delight in his reflection – his new "friend" – he might even decideto have a chat too!VisionLanguage
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 name themVisionCognitionHand-EyeCoordination
Tummy Towel
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Lie your baby on his tummy with a rolled up towel under his armsNeck and BackStrength
 
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Place some toys in front of your baby and position them just out of reach, soyour baby has to stretch to grasp them
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Let your baby play in this position as long as they like as it is a great spot tohelp them prepare for crawlingCrawling PreparationReaching PracticeGrasp and Release
Object Hide-and-seek
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Start by placing a cloth over a favourite toy and asking, "Where is teddy?" andwait for your child to take the cloth away (or help him if need be)Object PermanenceCognitionVision
Sock Tricks
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Grab a few old colourful socks, some texta pens or niko and some scissors togive these a go
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Sock Puppets
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Draw a face on each sock and put them on each of your hands
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Pop up your puppet sock hands from behind the couch and you will have thebest show in town!
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Baby Gloves
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Cut finger holes in the toes of the socks so your baby can put the socks on as"gloves"
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Draw funny faces on the palms of each glove (or you could even sew on somedifferent textured materials)
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Your baby will be fascinated by the new texturesVisual PerceptionHearingTouch DiscriminationBody Awareness
Pillow Kicking
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 As your baby starts to move more and more, she will love to kick her legs – alot!
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Hold a pillow in the space where her feet are kicking so that she can feelsomething against her feet as she kicks outLeg StrengthBody Awareness
Opposites
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Take your baby on a tour of the house and outside pointing out all theopposites as you go
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open/closed, on/off, light/dark, inside/outside, warm/cold etc…see where your imagination takes youCognitionLanguage
Fancy Socks
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Use colourful textas to draw pictures on some socks or even sew on somefancy attachments (very securely), like bells, buttons or sparkly material.
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Put the newly renovated socks on your baby and watch her find her feet andbe amazed at what she seesTouch DiscriminationBody Awareness
Pillow Prop-up
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You can help your baby learn to sit by propping him up with some pillows in aSitting BalanceBack Strength
 
ring around him
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Positioning pillows behind is most important, however in the early learningstages it is also wise to place some at the sides and in front too, in case hetakes a nose dive forwards!
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This is great position to set your baby up in to play with his toys or read somebooks with you
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 As he gets better and better at sitting, begin to take one pillow away at a timeuntil you are left with noneTrunk Strength
Hats and More Hats
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Collect as many different hats as you can (especially big broad brimmed onesor 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 funny voiceto your baby – try some character role playing!
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 As your baby gets better at grasping and releasing objects, let her try to takethe 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 need your help)Visual PerceptionGrasp and ReleaseBody Awareness
Bath Games
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Squeeze sponges or washers, feeling the water trickle over different parts of his body
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Poke holes in an old milk carton and use it to make "rain"
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Gently pour water over your child's head preparing them with "(name)..Ready…Go"
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Swim your hand like a fish under water towards your baby saying "Swim LittleFishy
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Swim" and then gently grab your baby's leg underwater 
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Try using a bath ring (from your local baby store) to help your baby sitsecurely in the bathSitting BalanceHand ManipulationTouch ExplorationHand-EyecoordinationWater FamiliarisationBreath Control
Spotlight Games
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Sit with your child in your lap facing outwards
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Have some interesting objects set up in front of you about 1-2 metres away
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Use your torch to "spotlight" each object and tell her what it isyou can even wrap coloured cellophane paper on the end of the spot light tomake it even more funVisual TrackingCognition
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 tubeShow your baby how to pull on the scarf and watch their amazement as theEye FollowVision Development

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