Age: baby, parent
Skill for Bub: Just for fun, Mind Builder
Play “monkey see, monkey do” using an entertaining game to teach your baby all about the parts of the face.
Babies are fascinated by faces. A tug on your nose, a rub on your cheek — you’re better than any toy they can get their hands on! Even before they can talk, babies can learn the names of facial features. Here’s a fun way to teach your child each one:
- Start by sitting face to face with or side by side baby, looking into a mirror.
- Point to your own nose and say, “Here is Mummy’s nose. Where is (name of baby’s) nose?” Then, help your child point and feel her own nose.
- Repeat with each part of the face, being particularly careful around the eye area.
Eventually, your baby will be able to feel each part of her face without your assistance. You can also try practicing facial expressions by demonstrating each one for your child and asking her to mirror it back. Say, “Mummy is smiling. Now it’s time for you to smile!”
Include baby’s dad and siblings in this activity to demonstrate how facial features are universal but unique. (Older kids will love to encourage baby to stick out her tongue, blow “raspberries,” blink her eyes, etc.)