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6 Fun Baby Games

Taken straight from the pages of Jackie Silberg's book Games to Play With Babies, these age appropriate nursery games are a great way to entertain and educate infants in your nursery program.

  • Now You See It-Once babies figure out that hidden things don't just disappear (around six to eight months), they enjoy Hide-and-Seek games with objects. Partially hide a toy and let the baby uncover it.
  • Hit the Floor-Set up an obstacle course of pillows and cardboard boxes for babies to maneuver over and through.
  • Monkey See-And of course, monkey do. Older babies enjoy mimicking adults. Smack your lips, clap your hands, or stick out your tongue. Baby will follow suit.
  • Let's Talk About It-Babies babble incessantly somewhere around eight to 12 months. Play pointing and naming games to help build baby's vocabulary. "This is a Bible. Can you say Bible?"
  • Catch-When baby is able to sit up, roll a soft ball to the child. Baby may try to roll the ball back, but you'll have to work at catching it. Roll the ball away from baby, and let him chase it.
  • Body Parts-Show baby a doll. Have the baby touch the doll's toes, eyes, fingers, hair, mouth, and ears. Reinforce that God made each of these body parts on baby.

For more fun games, check out Games to Play With Babies by Jackie Silberg (Gryphon House).

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