Monday, August 8, 2011

Games for Infants

These games will help to grow the brains of infants and toddlers. Whether it’s through singing, dancing, cuddling, rocking, talking, smelling, or tasting, you can encourage the pathways of their brains to make new connections.


Develop your infant’s language skills when you prepare a meal or snack by chanting the following verse or singing it to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell.”

It’s time to find the milk
It’s time to find the milk
Hi, ho, the derry oh
It’s time to find the milk.

Walk to the refrigerator and take out the milk carton. Say, “Oh boy, I love milk. Yum, yum.”
Use the chant with other foods or household items. Take out the item, chant the verse, and then talk about the food.

Expressing pleasant emotions with your baby is very good for brain development.
In addition, games such as this one develop language skills.

Brain research says that tone and facial expressions are understood before words. Emotional learning is intertwined with all domains of learning.

Try this game.

This Is Bill
1. Sit your baby on your lap
2. Hold one ankle in each hand as you say the following rhyme:

This is Bill and this is Jill.
They went out to play.
Over and over, (move his legs over each other)
Over and over, (move his legs over in the other direction)
“This is fun,” said Bill and Jill.
And then they said, “Hooray!” (give your baby a big hug)

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