Simple and Fun Baby Games

Infant activities that give you both the giggles
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From the exersaucer to the jumper, tummy time to the bouncy chair...Day in and day out, it’s the same thing over and over again and it can get quite boring! Playgroups are great, and taking them out in nature is wonderful but what about those really cold days or lazy days where you just don’t feel like leaving your home? We've got a few go-to baby games that'll get everyone giggling!

Sensory experiences

Sensory activities are excellent for children because they offer a hands on way to allow them to explore the world around them. Sensory bottles and sensory bags are great because they allow younger children and babies to explore sensory play without getting messy. It also allows them to have all of the benefits of sensory play without being exposed to potential choking hazards. Sensory experiences expose babies and toddlers to a range of different learning concepts such as colours, shapes, counting and much more.

They can also have a calming effect as they watch the different materials float and as they manipulate the different textures and materials using their senses.

Sensory bottles

What you will need

  • reusable bottles and their lids
  • food colouring
  • sparkles
  • water
  • hot glue
  • corn syrup
  • oil
  • glitter glue
  • pom poms
  • rice
  • colourful beads
  • foam letters and shapes

How to do it

Add water into the bottle with a drop of food colouring of your choice. Put some glitter, glitter glue, some beads, and anything else you would like to add to make it look interesting to stimulate their senses. Add some hot glue to the lid and put the lid on the bottle to reinforce it. Give it to your baby to play with, shake and explore.

Sensory bags

What you will need 

  • re-sealable, clear bags
  • shaving cream
  • paint
  • tape
  • hair gel
  • conditioner or cream
  • sparkles

How to do it

Add ½ cup of shaving cream to your re-sealable, clear bag. Add a drop or two of paint and some sparkles if you wish and seal the bag. Reinforce it with tape. Let your baby touch and manipulate the bag but stay close just in case they are a little too rough with it!

Rhymes and action songs

Circle time and action songs are great for your baby to learn rhymes, cause and effect, patience, rhythm, counting, literacy and so much more!

Action songs allow them to begin to predict what comes next. When your baby begins to learn that they get tickled when you go around their belly or at the last toe, they are learning to predict what comes next in a story or song. You can see them anticipate the fun part before you even get to it, which is super adorable!

The repetitive, short and consistent songs and rhymes are teaching early literacy while making it easier for them to learn languages. Singing action songs and rhyming with your baby while facing them and having them close to you is a wonderful way to bond with them as you watch them giggle and engage with you.

Three little monkeys rhyme time (for the crafty parents!)

What you will need

  • computer paper
  • a printer
  • markers
  • clear, contact paper
  • one glove
  • scissors
  • velcro

How to do it

Go online and find small pictures/clip art or outlines of pictures of monkeys. Print 3 monkeys and a crocodile. (You might even be able to find printouts for this exact song.) Once you have printed them out, colour them and cut them out. Cover them with clear, contact paper and cut them out once again. Add some Velcro to the glove and to your monkeys once you have cut them out. Place the monkeys on the glove. Here is the rhyme to go along with the cut outs.

"Three Little Monkeys"

Three little monkeys swinging in a tree (Swing your hand in the air)
Teasing Mr. Crocodile “You can’t catch me!” (Shake your finger from side to side)
When along came a crocodile as quiet as can be (place your finger over your mouth and say this in a quiet tone)
Snap! (Have the crocodile grab a monkey from your hand)

Repeat until there is one left and then the crocodile misses that last monkey. The more animated you are when reciting these rhymes with your children, the more engaged they will be.

You can replace the glove and Velcro with popsicle sticks or use felt instead of paper to create your activity that way. You can also use stuffies and make up your own activities to go along with other rhymes!

Action songs for baby

Action songs are a great activity to do with your baby without requiring toys or props. These work well for keeping them occupied while out shopping, at the doctor's, or waiting in the car. They are also great when baby is having a fussy day! Sit with them facing you and sing to them showing them the actions as well as taking their hands to help them with the actions. The more animated you are, the more they will enjoy this experience with you.

Some examples of great action songs and rhymes that babies love are:

Have fun!

*Originally published November 24, 2016

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