Stimulation Techniques: Age-wise activities guide between 4 to 6 Months
Right from the time of birth, babies are constantly learning about the world around them. Between the age of 4 to 6 months, your baby’s memory and attention span increases.1 Recognizing pictures is an important first step and an emerging literacy skill in babies.2 Your baby will also quickly discover that objects like bells and keys that make interesting sounds when moved or shaken.1 During this period when your babies are exploring new objects and trying to communicate, you should encourage this behavior by playing some fun games with them.1
Here are a few handy stimulation activities for your little one’s brain development
Give your baby a little more of tummy time to help them move2
- Place your baby tummy down on a blanket and play with some toys for up to an hour a day. You can also slowly move the blanket around the room
- Place interesting toys around your babies so that they can roll from their back to their tummy
Let them feel the things around them2
- Encourage your baby to touch different types of fabrics like wool, corduroy, and velvet
- Let your babies play with balls of different colours and textures. Teach them to roll, drop, and bounce the ball.
It’s time to talk, sing, and play peek-a-boo2,3
- Encourage your baby to imitate the sound you make (like ‘baa’)
- Sing or play rhymes or songs and let your baby play with toys that make sounds
- Play hiding games like hide and seek or peekaboo with soft puppets and let your baby observe people come and go
- American Academy of Pediatrics. Cognitive development:4-7 months. Available from: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/Pages/Cognitive-Development-4-to-7-Months.aspx . Accessed on: June 13, 2017.
- American Academy of Pediatrics. 4-6 months. Available from: https://pathways.org/growth-development/4-6-months/games/ . Accessed on: June 13, 2017.
- Figueroa A. Connecticut’s Guidelines for the Development of Infant and Toddler Early Learning. Available from: http://www.ct.gov/dss/lib/dss/dss_early_learning_guidelines.pdf . Accessed on: June 13, 2017.