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Activities: Ages 9-12 Months

 

1. make a book (part 2)
 

Developmental benefits: Visual stimulation; Social bonding; Language

 

 

Instructions: These printable story cards make great books to read to baby. Place each page in a photo album and read with baby for a great "quiet time" activity. Use the blank pages to insert photos of baby and family members where indicated. Baby will love to see herself with her family in this book! The theme of this book is "What's Outside?"

 

Safety Tip: Cards should be handled by adults only. Print-outs from your computer are not baby-proof!

 

2. finger puppets

 

Developmental benefits: Bonding



Instructions: Print out the finger puppets provided and wrap them around your fingers. Use them to make up stories or sing songs. This set features a group of pigs. Great for "This Little Piggy."

Safety Tip: Puppets should be handled by adults only. Print-outs from your computer are not baby-proof!

 

​3. making play dough

 

Developmental benefits: Tactile stimulation

Instructions: Collect items of various textures throughout the house and let baby explore them. Rub them gently over her hand. Ideas include: a piece of satin, cotton, sandpaper, burlap, tissue paper. Let baby rub her hands over each of them.

Safety Tip: Do not leave baby unattended with these materials. Adult supervision required.

4. smelling games
 

Developmental benefits: Sensory stimulation

Instructions: An easy way to keep baby interested while you are cooking is to let her smell the ingredients you are using for the meal while she is watching you in her high chair. Exploring different smells is very stimulating to baby. Use an empty container, poke holes in the lid, and fill with a food that has an interesting smell ( a lemon wedge, a piece of garlic, a cinnamon stick).

Safety Tip: Do not use any powders or hot, spicy items

5. rhythm time

 

Developmental benefits: Sensory stimulation

Instructions: Use strong adhesive Velcro and place one side on the bottom of a toy and the other on a piece of fabric. Show baby how the toy sticks to the Velcro. Let baby try. Baby will enjoy the sensation of pulling her toys off the Velcro and making them stick again.

Safety Tip: Do not leave child unattended with this toy.

 

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