Productive Parenting Activities

Games that help your infant's development

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Here I Come

Target Age: Early Infant

What To Do: Your child loves to see you! Kneel behind your child and say, "Here comes Mommy" or, "Here comes Daddy." Show your face. Do this several times. Observe your child's reaction.
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Activity Category: Sensory Experiences

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Our Home

Target Age: Early Infant

What To Do: It is fun to introduce your child to your new surroundings. Take your child on a tour of your home. Describe each room, "This is the kitchen. This is where we prepare food and eat our meals..."
Skills Learned: Listening
Activity Category: Sensory Experiences
Activity Contributor: Beth Bronsil, M. Ed.
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Body Parts

Target Age: Early Infant

What To Do: While massaging your child, say the names of your child's body parts. Put your child's hands together and say, "Hands". Stretch your child's legs and say, "Legs." Repeat with nose, ears, etc.
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Activity Category: Sensory Experiences
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Block Drop

Target Age: Middle Infant

Materials You Will Need: wood blocks, container
What To Do: Children love to play with blocks! Set up a corner in your child's playroom as the 'Block Corner.' Select a large plastic container for the blocks. Put it next to your child. Take a set of wooden blocks and begin to drop them into the container, one by one. Show your child how to dump them out and start all over again.
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Activity Category: Sensory Experiences
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Bubbles, Bubbles

Target Age: Late Infant

Materials You Will Need: Bubbles
What To Do: Bubbles provide wonderful sensorial experiences for your child. Blow bubbles as your child crawls through them. Observe your child visually tracking the bubbles. Enjoy watching your child's expression when popping the bubbles.
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Activity Category: Sensory Experiences
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