Parents - Hand Games

  • With a small scarf or blanket, sit while holding the baby and put the scarf over your eyes. Say, “Where’s ?” Remove the scarf and say, “Peek a boo!” Then put the scarf quickly over the baby’s eyes and do the same thing. You will know that your baby is ready for this activity when she smiles or giggles as the scarf is put over the face.

  • Sing the song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Fill in the blanks with parts of the body, like touch your head, or touch your nose. Sing the song for your toddler and help him follow each step.

  • Sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” or other songs with motions. Encourage your child to do the movements with you. As the child gets older, work together to make up new movements.

  • Act out simple actions without speaking, and have your child try to guess what you are doing. Actions could include brushing your teeth, going to bed, getting dressed, etc.