Age: baby, parent
Skill for Bub: Muscle builder, Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun, Mind builder
Playing ball isn’t just for older kids. Balls and babies go very well together for fun and fitness!
At this age, Baby may start to sit up on her own. When Baby is able to sit by herself, playing ball is an excellent activity to encourage movement and develop coordination. Ball play promotes strength in the core stomach and back muscles, and the forward/lateral movement will encourage crawling and eventually walking. The effort to catch and roll the ball works on eye-hand coordination and spatial understanding.
- Roll a large, soft ball back and forth with her. Watch her face light up as she “catches” the ball between her knees and watch her concentration when she stretches to get one that is just out of reach.
- Have her roll the ball back to you and practice aiming at a target.
- Play music in the background to add to the fun, and use it to enhance your play. For example, pass it faster during the chorus and slower during each verse.
- Experiment with different surfaces. Does the ball roll slower or quicker on carpet? Does the ball make more noise or less noise on tile?
- Don’t limit play to only one type of ball – try tennis balls, soccer balls or even blocks and rolls of paper towel!
See Baby Stacks for another fun activity.