The key for infants is a lot of communication and a lot of repetition. Many parents think that engaging with infants is “boring,” but research has shown that the nerve pathways in the brains of infants light up when they hear familiar phrases! Make those brains shine by utilizing these infant activities designed to help reinforce learning goals for your baby while keeping you actively engaged together at home.
Activities for Infants
This activity will take 5 minutes to prep and only uses 2 supplies. It is great for babies 6 months old to toddler age.
Babies can view shapes, numbers, or their names in these waterproof books made from a common kitchen supply. They are simple to make and they last! (We still have one that I made for my second child over 4 years ago.)
Great for infants 4 months old and up, I share 2 ways you can make a peek-a-boo box for your baby. This is a great DIY toy for infants to learn object permanence and work on their fine motor skills.
Using items you already have at home, create a fun gross motor activity for infants called a sensory crawl! It will get your crawling baby moving and exploring-and it is easy to set up.
DIY Building Blocks with Family Pictures
These lightweight building blocks are perfect for a newly active infant to hold, view and use for building. You can make these using quart-sized milk cartons! Really simple.
Tips for Water Play
Infants can play with water in simple ways-even indoors! Great for babies that are sitting up or still needing tummy time.
Simple Activities to Encourage Your Infant’s Development
This free download is a great resource of infant activities that encourage a baby to develop skills based on their age. It is developmentally appropriate and can be personalized for your baby.
Simple Sensory Bin for Babies
Use fabric scraps or cloth napkins to make this simple sensory bin infant activity. There is a secret twist that makes this activity even more engaging for infants. Great for extending tummy time!
Calendar Photo Crawl Activity for Infants
(PLUS adaptations for older kids)
Use the images from an old calendar or magazine to create a simple, learning activity that gets infants moving indoors.
Have a baby that does not like tummy time? Try this simple 1-supply activity to engage them visually and work on those core muscles at the same time.
9 Tips for Painting with Infants
Simple tips to introduce a fun sensory activity to your infant-and create a fun gift or keepsake in the process!
DIY “I Spy” Tray Table and Homemade Shakers for Infants and Toddlers
Two great DIY creations and infant activities in one post-teaches baby to work on sitting up on their own, gross motor skills, cause and effect and language development. Part of the Moms Share Series where moms who read this blog share THEIR homemade ideas.
Instilling the Love of Learning by Reading
The importance of reading to children from the time they are infants and what you really teach when you are reading to them at home.
Two songs that engage your child in a little learning from birth-great for calming a child during diaper changes!
Patterning for Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers and Up
Patterns can be taught starting in infancy. It is important for math learning later on in life and is a fun way to engage with your child at home.
Infant Language Development Tips and Activities
Language learning activities and tips from Speech Pathologist and co-founder of Language Launchers, Pam Talbot (guest post).
4 Original Autumn Songs and Chants for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Songs to engage infants in a little Autumn fun and expose them to counting and rhyming.
Outdoor Activities for Infants
Taking your infant outside is a great way to break up the day and get some fresh air. This post lists a few tips and activities that I do with my children when they are infants starting around 4 months old.
DIY Sensory Bottles from Baby Bottles
If you drink tap water like we do, then plastic bottles might be hard to come by, but if you have some plastic baby bottles in the house, they make great containers for making your own sensory bottles for baby. Two versions are listed here to vary the fun experience!
You can find even more activities for infants HERE!
For more developmental information on Infants, check out this post:
These activities for infants are featured in A Complete Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms: Kids Activities.
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