Baby, Infant (3-6)

5 Activities for your 3-6 months old

Yes! It is possible to play with your baby! These simple games are great for helping your baby build overall developmental and cognitive skills necessary to reach important milestones. These games are simple to put together and items can be found your local dollar store.

Yes! It is possible to play with your baby! These simple games are great for helping your baby build overall developmental and cognitive skills necessary to reach important milestones. These games are simple to put together and items can be found your local dollar store.

The Balloon kick

Have the child lay on their back and loosely tie a balloon around their ankle. You can start it off, by tapping the balloon to make it move. You will see their eyes open wide in amazement and wonder. This will excite them, which will cause their arms and legs to move, causing the balloon to move, again! It is such a fun activity to watch your little one, as they try to process. This always kept my kiddos entertained and engaged for at least 15 minutes!   I love the balloons from the dollar tree, for some reason, they last a week or longer!

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Supplies:

  1. Balloon (mylar, from the Dollar Tree)
  2. Blanket to lay your baby on

This exercise is good for:

Building cognitive skills of cause and effect and gross motor skills of body movement.

*make sure to not leave your baby alone or unsupervised during this activity. Be watchful and attentive, balloons and strings can be choking hazards if played with inappropriately.

Yes! It is possible to play with your baby! These simple games are great for helping your baby build overall developmental and cognitive skills necessary to reach important milestones. These games are simple to put together and items can be found your local dollar store.

Emergency Blanket

This activity can be very stimulating! You can set this up in a few different ways; either lay or sit your child on the emergency blanket, drape it over something and lay them next to it for them to kick, or sit them next to it and let them touch it. Whenever they make a slight move, the blanket crinkles and makes lots of noise. This noise is very exciting, and they will try to figure out how the noise is being made. This is the cause and effect portion. They move (cause), it makes noise (effect).

Supplies:

  1. Emergency blanket (you can order these directly from Amazon, find them in the camping sections of stores like Target or Walmart, or they can be used from an old and expired emergency kit).
  2. A place to lay it out, or drape it over

This exercise is good for:

building cognitive skills of cause and effect and gross motor skills of body movement.

*This activity can become over stimulating, so keep a watchful eye. If they seem uncomfortable or fussy, remove the blanket. Another way of approaching the emergency blanket, in a less stimulating way, is to put the blanket into a container, and let just a portion of the blanket peak through. They will still be able to touch the blanket, causing it to make noise, but it will be quieter and less overwhelming for sensitive children.

 

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Baking Sheet with Water

This is a super simple activity, that will likely become a quick favorite for you and baby. You can do this activity on a nice warm day, with a blanket laid down outside, or you can do this activity inside, by placing a mat or towel on the floor. I have done this activity numerous times, both indoors and outdoors. If your little one is not thrilled about tummy time activities, but you need them to work on strengthen their neck and upper body, this is a great activity to do with them. The splashing of the water is bound to keep them stimulated and distract them from their tummy position. If you have a sitting baby, sit them next to the activity (or sometimes even in the activity!), for them to reach into and manipulate as they please.

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Supplies:

  1. Baking sheet with a rim
  2. Water (you may want to use filtered water, since they will likely taste it)
  3. Items to place inside the baking sheet (I love using silicone kitchen items; oil brush, muffin liners, pot holders etc.)

This exercise is good for:

Fine motor, because they are working on grasping the items. Large motor, because they are splashing and moving their arms (maybe even legs) in the water. Cognitive skills, because they are slapping the water, which causes the water to splash and get them wet. Lastly, if they are using this as a tummy time activity, then they are strengthening their neck and upper body muscles.

*Do not leave your baby unsupervised around water, ever. Even a very small amount of water around an unsupervised child can be very dangerous.

 

Ziplock Bag with items inside

Such a simple yet versatile activity. The name says it all, it is literally a ziplock bag (the larger freezer bags) with a mix of items inside. Get creative. You can mix oil with water, use hair gel, or even milk. Really, any type of “liquid” substance. Add a few drops of food coloring, maybe some craft glitter, then some smaller items (make sure they are not sharp, so as not to puncture the bag), buttons, small plastic animals, small lego pieces, beads etc.

Cognitive skills

You can place this down on the ground, place your little one on their tummy, and allow them reach and push down on the bag. When they push down on the bag, the items inside will squish and move from one side to the other, provide rich visual stimulation, as well as sensory stimulation. It is also fun to tape this up on a low window for a sitting baby, for them to reach forward to. Plus, the sunshine cascading into the bag, provides some awesome lighting with the glitter and mixture inside.

Supplies:

  1. Ziplock Bag
  2. A type of liquid (water, oil, clear hair gel)
  3. Glitter
  4. Food coloring
  5. Small (not sharp) items of choice (buttons, small plastic toys, beads etc.)
  6. Painters tape, if putting up on the window or wall

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This exercise is good for:

Visual stimulation i.e. cognitive building skills for your baby’s developing mind. Strengthening of neck and upper body muscles, if using this as a tummy time activity; as well as building the touch sensory receptors.

*Do not leave your child unsupervised around a plastic bag. It is important to be present and nearby, in case your child somehow opens the bag.

 

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Sensory Bottles

These are wonderful for sparking curiosity, in fact, these are sold at teacher supply stores and cost a lot of money but can easily be made at home for nearly free. These are large plastic/see-through bottles with stimulating items inside, think little bells, buttons, colored rice etc. These bottles are not filled with a liquid, rather they are filled with air, and the stimulating item of choice. The baby will be able to practice grabbing and holding these bottles, as well rolling the bottles on the ground and enticing them to move to get the rolling bottle.

Supplies:

  1. Large plastic/see-through bottles (Voss water bottles work best for this activity)
  2. Label remover, to clean off any writing on the bottle (this is optional, they are still mostly see-through, even with the writing)
  3. Stimulating items; bells, buttons, popcorn kernels, dried rice/pasta/lentils/beans, feathers etc.
  4. You can hot glue the lid on, if you want to ensure the lid remains firmly on

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This exercise if good for:

Cognitive building skills by stimulating many of their senses, large motor by trying to grab and hold the bottle and maybe trying to chase after the bottle (wriggling, kicking, rolling etc.).

*Do not leave your child unattended for this activity if the lid is not secured.

 

Got any other cognitive skill building activities that your 3-6 month old baby enjoys? Leave a comment below!

 

 

Brittany McCabe, the creator of MamaBearBritt.com, is a child development specialist and mom of two littles. This site is dedicated to parenting advice and early childhood engaging activities. We are building a place for moms to learn, gather, and share.

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