Play: 6-9 months

Today in my Mommy & Me class there were a few of us that said we were running out of tricks! Our babies who were 6-8 months old were getting bored of our usual games and their usual toys. We joked that we better buy more toys and our instructor gave us many ideas that are pretty much free! Now that got our attention. Here were some of her ideas for babies that around 6-9 months old:

Hide & Seek is a really great game during this age because it helps babies understand that even if they can’t see you, you’re there which is important to understand when they start getting separation anxiety. Here are a few iterations:

  • Put your baby in their car seat and step out of the room saying “Where’s Mommy, Where’s Mommy [insert your baby’s name]?” Then jump back in “There she is!”
  • Get a cloth napkin and drape it over you head saying “Where’s Mommy?” and revealing “There she is!” Once your baby is getting it then put the napkin over your baby’s head and say “Where’s [insert your baby’s name]?” and them removing it “There she is!”
  • Hide and seek with food! Get 3 dixi cups and place a piece of rice cereal or a piece of fruit under one of them. Ask Baby where it is and reveal it. Later you can move the cups around to see if they can track which one has the food.

Babies love exploring new objects, here are some simple kitchen items that are fun for them to explore:

  • Tupperware empty with no lid
  • Tupperware half filled with hard pasta
  • Empty water bottle, no label
  • Wood Spoon
  • bowl and spoon (they can clank them together)

Other ideas to help with their mental development and coordination:

  • Hand them one object that they can hold with one hand. Then hand them another that they hold with the other hand. Then offer them a third object and see what they do. Do they know to drop one item to grab that item. Do they drop both items, neither? See how this changes as they grow.
  • Put a few toys in a clear plastic bowl or canister and watch them figure out how to get the toys out of the canister.
  • Staking blocks or other objects at this time is great practice for your baby. Show them how to do it and watch as they start to figure it out.
  • Roll a small ball to your baby and see if they can roll it back (best for babies who are already sitting)

If you are going to buy toys, buy ones that make noise and different noise depending on how your baby interacts with it or have some different movement depending on their action.

Have some other great play ideas for 6-9 month old babies? Share it here.

Need more ideas? Check out my post on play for 0-3 and 4-6 months. Many still apply now.

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