Show your baby how to press the blocks or sponges

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baby can't choke on them. Show your baby how to press the blocks or sponges against the sides of the tub, squeeze the water out of them, push them down to the bottom of the tub and let them pop back up again, and stack them on top of each other. P: Holding the sponge down on the bottom of the tub L: Babbling as the infant plays with the sponge A: Learning cause and effect C: watching the sponge pop back up E: excitement when the sponge arrives at the surface of the water S: the caregiver demonstrating how to do this before the infant does (12)Activities for infants: Appropriate for: 4 months to 1 year Skills developed: Verbal, fine motor What you'll need: A plastic puff such as those that come with shower gel With your baby seated in a bath seat or in the tub itself (with you right there), saturate the puff with water, then approach your baby with the puff submerged under the water. Say, "I'm going to tickle your toes," and tickle them lightly with the puff, pulling it out of reach by the string if he makes a grab for it. Approach from different directions, saying, "I'm going to tickle your knees, I'm going to tickle your back, I'm going to tickle your bottom," each time pulling the puff away through the water when he tries to grab it. When he's older, you can let him hold the puff and
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show him how to tickle his own knees with it, or put your hand down into the water and let him take a turn tickling your fingers. P: Grabbing for the puff L: babbling as the caregiver teases the infant with the puff A: attention span C: watching the puff move in and out of the infants reach E: giggling and happiness when the puff is tickling the infant S: Tickling the infant (13)Activities for infant: Appropriate for: 8 months to 1 year Skills developed: Hand-eye coordination What you'll need : Colorful, gooey foods like pureed peas and carrots; a highchair with a rimmed tray It may seem counterintuitive to let your baby play with her food, but experimenting with texture is actually a helpful developmental activity. Choose a few liquidy foods and let your baby "paint" with them on her highchair tray. Pick mild foods that she's tried before, such as pureed peas, carrots, and other vegetables, avoiding foods that are too strong, such as ketchup and mustard. As your baby uses her hands to mix and swirl the various goos, tell her the names of the colors and show her how they combine. If you can make some colored gelatin cubes, your baby may try to stack them like blocks – or just squish them between her fingers. Who knows – given a few moments to have fun with her veggies, your baby may decide to eat more of them than usual P: Painting with the fingers in the food L: babbling A: Promoting curiosity C: Feeling texture of baby food E: color of baby food S: caregiver spreading the food over the high chair tray (14)Activities for infants: Appropriate for: 8 months to 1 year Skills developed: Hand-eye coordination, understanding of object permanence What you'll need : A washcloth or two; some small plastic bath toys
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