Place toys/books just out of your baby's reach. When they reach or move toward the items, clap & tell your baby that they did a good job.
The sense of touch is important in brain development. Use your finger to gently draw letters on your baby’s belly, while you say the letter aloud.
Babies love the sound of paper. Build listening and motor skills by helping baby rip up scrap paper. Crinkle into a ball for more fun!
Notice what your child is watching. Say aloud what baby sees so baby learns that everything has a name. “Look at the puppy’s tail wag. He’s happy!”
Build your baby's knowledge of sounds & rhythm in words. Do some knee bounce rhymes. Here are some fun examples.
Babies like to open and close books, hand them to you, or stack them like blocks. This makes books fun and trains baby’s eyes and muscles to work together.
Give your baby a ball to squeeze and roll. This teaches baby how to use their muscles and eyes, which will help later on when they write.
Books with high-contrast pictures & bright bold colors are easier for babies 3 months & up to focus on and see.
Sing any song you can think of, even if it's only part of a song. Whether it's Motown, hip hop, or a new Adele song! Baby will love bonding with your voice.
If bedtime is too late for your baby to listen to a whole book, read aloud anytime during the day--lunchtime, bath time, in line at the store!
Let your baby hold a crayon & write. Say the alphabet while they scribble. Patiently wait while they make the connection between sounds & writing.
Baby can learn new words during bath time. Take turns dropping toys in the water. Say, "watch it sink" or "it floats" or "splash!"
If you go apple picking, talk about the 5 senses. “I hear bees buzzing, see families smiling, smell doughnuts, taste sweet apples, and feel warm sunshine.”
Sing or just hum to your child. They love to hear the sound of your voice & will try to echo your sounds, building connections in the brain.
Talk during bathtime, put some bubbles on different parts of your baby. Say, "Fingers! Toes!" This is a fun way to help baby learn new words.