Thursday, May 10, 2012

Peek-a-Boo and Laughing Fun Activities

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 brain pathways to make new connections.

Activities for Infants
Playing “peek-a-boo” with an infant will reward you with smiles. It’s definitely a favorite game.
Why is peek-a-boo so important? This game makes connections between a child’s brain cells. The more they use these connections, the stronger these pathways become. 
Here are some different ways to play peek-a-boo.
  • Cover your eyes with your hands.
  • Put a towel over your face.
  • Hide behind an object and pop out.
  • Place a toy or stuffed animal under a cover and then pull away the cover.
  • Draw a face on your thumb with magic marker and hide it under your other fingers.
  • Make your own peek-a-boo pictures,
  • Cut out pictures from a magazine and tape one picture each on a separate piece of cardboard.
  • Cut out pieces of fabric that are bigger than the cardboard picture and tape it on one end of the cardboard to cover the picture. You should be able to lift the fabric and see the picture.
  • Make up a story about the picture and then lift the fabric and show your baby the picture. For example: The little dog said “Bow Wow, Bow Wow, I want to see you.”
  • Lift up the fabric and show the dog picture and say “Peek-a-boo.” Soon your little one will learn to lift up the fabric himself.
Ideas for taking this activity to the next level:
For building confidence – Play the game with your baby and praise him as he plays
For developing the idea - Try to switch roles. Put your baby’s hands over his eyes and take them away as you say “peek-a-boo.”
For moving forward –Show your infant how to play the game with a stuffed animal.
Laughing Fun
Once you hear a baby's laugh, you won't be able to get enough
Laughter helps in releasing feel good chemicals and responses in the body, thereby increasing attachment and feelings of self-worth.
Baby's first smiles easily melt your heart. Soon your baby will learn to laugh out loud. Sometime between three and four months of age, she'll likely begin giggling along with her cooing.
What will inspire that first giggle?
The sight of your face, a silly grin, a favorite toy or a silly sound could stimulate the giggle.
Your baby is learning to recognize her voice and seeing how others react to it. She is also learning to move her mouth and tongue to produce different sounds.
Here are some ways to encourage your baby to laugh.
  • Funny faces: Scrunch up your face and stick out your tongue. Your baby will laugh and soon try to imitate you.
  • Peek-a-boo: Always guarantees a giggle.
  • Silly sounds: Make up a silly sound of your own as you smile and laugh. This will tell the baby that she can smile and laugh at the sound.
  • Fingerplay: Short poems that have a surprise.
  • Jack in the box, you sit so still (hand folded with index finger of other hand tucked inside the folded hand). Say, "Won’t you come out?" and then say, "Yes, I will!" (say in a big voice as you pop out the index finger.)
  • Looking in a Mirror: Look with the baby in a mirror and make funny faces.
  • Dancing: Hold your baby and dance and glide around the room. If you add music, it makes it even more special.
Ideas for taking this activity to the next level:
For building confidence – Imitating and mimic your baby’s sounds.
For developing the idea - Play games that encourage laughter with your baby.
For moving forward – Laugh often and show spontaneous joy at what your baby can do.

1 comment:

  1. What great ideas! Sometimes we need a reminder why the basics are so important!

    I'd love if you link this (and any other relevant post) to my Teaching Time for Toddlers link party--which is open all week!