Keep a variety of balls on hand for spontaneous play. Ball play promotes fine motor and gross motor skills like eye-hand coordination and it encourages chasing, walking, crawling, throwing, kicking and other complex movements.
While your baby is laying on her back, gently press against the soles of the feet. Have your baby press back against your hands to help strengthen these leg muscles. “Push daddy’s hands with your feet. Whoa! Look how strong your legs are!”
Sit your child on a soft, carpeted area. Place a toy on the right side of your child. Encourage her to stay seated on her bum and to get the toy by “twisting.” You may have to demonstrate by doing it with your child. Repeat this for the left side.
Place a wall of pillows between you and your child. Encourage your child to “find” you by knocking down or crawling over the pillows like a gladiator!
A great “cycling” exercise for you baby is to lay your baby on her back. Guide her feet in a cycling motion. Go forward and backwards. Do some scissor kicks. This promotes muscle strength and control in the legs.
Save a baby wipe box with an attached lid. Help your child open the box, place a toy inside, close the top and shake. Help your child open it and take the toy out. The baby wipe box will become an interesting place for your baby to try to store things.
Use one clean, plastic chip can and one paper towel tube. Show your child how to slide the tube in/out of the can. Challenge: You hold the can and see if your child can take the lid on/off.