Use the largest most stable pillows such as couch

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Pile up a stack of pillows for a safe, fun climbing activity. Use the largest, most stable pillows, such as couch cushions and bed pillows, on the bottom, then add chair pillows, throw pillows, and so on. Holding your baby steadily, help her climb up the mountain of pillows and stand triumphant on top. If you have a lot of rectangular pillows, you can use them to create more of a stair-step structure, but you'll need to hold your baby's hand to make sure she doesn't step off the top tier into thin air. P: climbing over a mountain of pillows L: talking to the child to encourage them A: Promoting the “don’t give up” attitude C: Thinking “how am I going to get over this mountain” E: laughing S: Caregiver setting up pillows (8) Activities for infants: Appropriate for: 9 to 15 months Skills developed: Hand-eye coordination, walking What you'll need : Adult-sized chairs Line up a row of chairs against a wall. Help your baby stand up and hold on to a chair at one end of the row, then show her how to use the chairs to steady herself as she moves slowly along from one to another. If she needs extra incentive, take a favorite toy and place it on the farthest chair, and when she reaches the toy, help her get it, then clap and give her a big hug. Put another toy at the opposite end and send her back in the other direction. You can keep it up as long as she's having fun and still steady on her feet. P: moving from one chair to another L: babbling as the infant reaches the toy A: Learning how to walk C: Thinking ”how am I going to get to that toy” E: Excitement when the infant reaches the toy S: caregiver helping the infant to walk down the chairs (10)Activities for infants: Appropriate for: 7 to 10 months Skills developed: Fine motor, understanding of object permanence What you'll need: A clean dish towel, finger foods, and some small opaque cups or containers Show your baby a snack (anything that's not too wet or mushy), then cover it with a cloth dish
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towel or napkin. Let him lift the veil and discover that his treat is still there, even though he couldn't see it just a moment ago. You can also inject a little sleight of hand: Put two small pieces of food in front of your baby, then cover them with opaque cups or other containers, adding at least one extra container that's not covering anything. Swirl the cups around so he can't tell which ones are hiding food, then let him lift off the cups and find his treats. P: Un revealing the food under the napkin L: Babbling as the infant finds the food A: promoting curiosity C: Following the cup that has the food in it as the caregiver switches it around E: excitement when the infant finds the food S: moving the cups as your baby tries to find it (11)Activities for infants: Appropriate for: 7 to 18 months Skills developed: Fine motor What you'll need: A package of sponges or bathtub blocks made of dense plastic foam, scissors (optional) If you don't have bath blocks, let your baby play with a new kitchen sponge or two instead. You can use scissors to cut the sponges into fun shapes – just keep the pieces large enough that your baby can't choke on them.
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