Lesson plan developed by Ms. Erika Geelhoed, BA Ed
* Lesson plan objectives and assessments can be adapted to use this activity with young infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
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Playtime for Babies
Back and Forth: Coo and talk to the baby. You can imitate their sounds and wait for them to respond. Encourage the baby to copy you, too. Show them that pushing the button makes the toy dog bark or how they can turn the pages of a book.
Peek-a-Boo: Try hiding behind your hands, a diaper, or a onesie as you dress the baby. Early on, they may show their pleasure simply by paying close attention. Then they may smile, kick their legs, and make sounds. By 9 months, they may pull your hands away from your face to “find” you.
Sing and Dance: Listen to different kinds of music and dance in different ways to see what the baby likes best. Don’t worry about the sound of your voice — he loves to hear you.
Play Ball: Offer a ball with different colors and textures. Let the baby explore it with all their senses. Encourage them to see what else they can do with it. This will eventually help them learn to roll it, drop it in a box, and take it out again.