Early childhood educators know that those early experiences foster brain development in babies and pave the way for important baby development milestones. One way that caregivers can encourage healthy brain growth is through developmental games for babies.
In Jackie Silberg's book, Baby Smarts: Games for Playing and Learning, she offers stimulating experiences that encourage brain development, which prepares the baby for successful learning in the future.
Organized by age, her book offers easy activities to do with babies in the home or caregiver environment. Below is just one of her many valuable games to play with babies ages 3 to 6 months.
Look at the Light
Developmental milestone: Babies who are 3-6 months old may be aware of their environment. This game enhances your baby's visual skills.
- Sit on a comfortable chair in a dark room with your baby in your lap.
- Shine a flashlight on the wall to get your baby's attention. Then say something to your baby such as, "Look at the pretty light." As you say the words, slowly move the flashlight up and down so that the light moves.
- As you move the flashlight around, let it stop on familiar objects. If it's a table, say, "There's a table."
- Continue shining the light on other objects in the room until your baby grows tired of the game.