Your baby is surrounded by happy home sounds: TV, voices, dishwasher, cell phone rings.
By extracting simple sounds with this game, your baby can enjoy a fun playtime and exercise the senses. Concentrating on sound and visual tracking you can put these activities together quickly and get to the fun!
Best age: 3-7 months
- White paper plate and black marker
- Four small clean and empty water bottles
- Colored gift paper shreds
- Beans and Rice
- Colored electrical tape
- Draw simple faces on two or three of the white plates with the marker. Set aside.
- Fill 1-2 tsp. of rice, beans, popcorn kernels, noodles, dry lentils, etc. in each of the four empty water bottles – one product per bottle.
- Add a few pinches of paper shred – one color per bottle.
- Tape the bottles around the lid to secure with coordinating colored tape matching the shreds.
- (Opt.) Set the bottles in a cardboard hot drink caddie (like the ones you get for take-out coffee). This gives your baby rattles a home for easy access.
Place your baby on his/her back on a soft floor surface. Play a little peak-a-boo to get your baby to engage. Now place one of the paper plates over your face and peak-a-boo around the plate. Slowly move the plate in an arch back and forth to see if your baby will track the motion. Continue with the motion going up and down and then diagonal. Don’t be surprised if Baby seeks your face instead of the face on the plate. Play time ends when Baby is no longer interested. Slow motion is best for success.
Next, take one of the shaker bottles in your hand and shake it so Baby can see. Shake the bottle behind Baby’s head and see if the eyes try to find the sound. Shake the bottle to the right of Baby and see if he/she will roll over to find it. Continue the play with the different bottles. Can you tell which sound is your baby’s favorite?