Things To Do With A 6 Months Old Baby: Activities & Games

Developmental Activities for a 6 Month Old Baby

Time flies when your little one is growing up and achieving weekly milestones! Your baby is the centre of attraction at home at this point. She might be waving, gurgling, gabbling, moving her hands and legs, nodding, and smiling. Although it’s a joy to see your baby learning and acquiring new skills, you must be aware of the milestones for her age, and you might be keeping an eye on your baby’s development. Playing with her, encouraging her, appreciating her, and connecting with her will help immensely in her brain development. So, remember that your love, touch, attention and time are vital at this stage. Your involvement enhances development, and it revolves around parent-child interaction. This article will cover some crucial 6-month-old activities to ensure your baby’s development. 

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What to Expect From Your 6-Month-Old Baby?

Six-month-old babies are interested in everything around them. Every little thing excites them, leading them to learn something new daily. You can see them starting to chew on objects, take and handle them in their way, roll over and sit up without anyone’s support. At this stage, your baby will have developed motor skills such as:

  • Rolling on her back
  • Sliding back and forth using her tummy
  • Rising on her knees and rocking back and forth

Your baby is ready to explore movement-related activities and interactive activities at this stage. Aside from this, your baby’s eye colour is now developed, and her speech patterns are developing. Babies at 6 months begin to grasp the languages they hear.

All the activities your growing baby will love at this stage will help stimulate her physical, social, mental and emotional development. Your baby will enjoy experiencing different sensations, impacting her overall development.

In short, your baby is observing, imitating, having fun, and acquiring new skills. At this stage, your baby will be on an exploring spree.

How Often Should You Play With Your 6-Month-Old Baby?

At 6 months old, babies are still developing their attention span and motor skills. Engaging in play with them for short bursts multiple times daily is beneficial. Try to have 2-3 play sessions that last around 10-15 minutes each. Keep an eye on your baby’s cues – if they seem engaged and interested, you can extend the playtime a bit. Remember, these interactions also contribute to social, cognitive, and physical growth.

Learning Activities for a 6-Month-Old Baby

Your baby will be crawling and walking around to explore the environment around her, so it’s important to play with her and introduce her to various interactive activities to enhance her physical, mental, emotional, and social development. Get creative with your baby during playtime – here are some six-month-old baby activities that will help your infant boost her overall development.

1. Reading

It’s a great time to start reading books to your baby! Go for colourful picture books and books with tactile components to keep her engaged.

READING

How to Do This Activity

Ensure that you read slowly, adding gestures and emotions. Encourage your baby to laugh or act surprised to make it more interactive. It’s good to choose books that are short, colourful, and have pictures. As babies tend to chew on books, hardcover books are specially designed so that they remain intact and do not tear.

Skills Developed

Six-month-old babies are taking little steps toward speech development. Your little one is grasping languages as she gets to hear them – reading helps develop this skill further. Reading helps with language, listening, and sensory development. The bright colours help your baby perceive pictures. Pictures with tactile components help in the development of sight and touch.

2. Clapping

Clapping is something your baby will do often. Clapping is fun, so encourage her to clap by clapping with her.

CLAPPING

How to Do This Activity

When babies are around 6 months of age, they learn to clap. Clapping gives them immense joy, as it produces sound. You can show your baby how to clap, and make her clap. Take your baby’s hands in yours and teach her slowly. Clapping can be made more interesting by using rhymes or songs your baby likes moving to.

You can try:

Clap, Clap, clap, one, two, three,

Clap, clap, clap with papa and me!

Clap, clap, clap, four and five,

Clap, clap, clap as brother learns to dive!

Skills Developed

Clapping introduces babies to sounds, and adding music to the game introduces them to the world of rhymes.

3. Talking

Babies love to babble, and they find it thrilling when you respond. So, talk and listen to your baby.

TALKING

How to Do This Activity

Strike a conversation with your baby. When your baby babbles, respond to her with a smile. Point to your baby’s clothes and describe them. Explain to your baby what you are feeding her, or what she’s surrounded by. Babies love this, as it encourages them to talk.

Skills Developed

Talking helps enhance a baby’s language and listening skills.

4. Singing

Singing a lullaby has been a practice for ages. Sing to your baby and introduce her to the world of music.

SINGING

How to Do This Activity

Make up any song and sing it to your baby as a lullaby. You need not only do this at night; sing to her while giving her a bath or while feeding her. You can make a song out of the activity you are doing as well. For example, when you’re changing her, you can sing, “Now, I’m going to change your clothes”.

Change your voice to make it animated. Try different options so that the baby learns auditory discrimination.

Skills Developed

Singing and using different sounds enhances a baby’s sensory appeal and introduces auditory discrimination.

5. ‘Peekaboo’

‘Peekaboo’ is a fun game that makes babies laugh and light up with joy on seeing the parent’s face suddenly pop up.

PEEKABOO

How to Do This Activity

This activity can have variations. The most popular ones are as follows:

  • Covering Your Face: Cover your face with your hands or a cloth and hide from your baby. After a while, drop the cloth or put your hands away and say, “peek-a-boo!” Your baby will try to pull your hands away from your face after watching you a few times and squeal with laughter.
  • Hide Behind a Chair or a Sofa: You can also hide behind a chair, the sofa, or a curtain and suddenly re-appear by saying, “peek-a-boo”.

You can improvise using other objects as well. Hide a book, a toy, or any other object under a blanket and make it partially visible. Then, ask the baby to find the object. “Where is it? Come find it!”  As the baby masters this skill, you can graduate to hiding the object altogether and encouraging her to find it.

Skills Developed

This activity helps in the baby’s fine motor skill development. It also teaches the baby object permanence – a concept that objects or people exist even when you can’t see them. This activity helps develop this cognitive concept in babies.

6. Flying

Babies love being cuddled, moved around, and played with. Lifting your baby up and making her fly is an excellent activity.

FLYING

How to Do This Activity

Put your baby down on your lap, on her belly. Hold the baby with both your hands. Make sure you support the mid-section carefully. Lift your baby gently and move her up and down and back and forth, just like a bird or an aeroplane. Your baby will squeal with laughter, owing to the surprise factor of moving around in various directions.

Skills Developed

Babies look around with a renewed perspective. It helps with body movement and stimulation.

7. Follow the Leader

Babies love imitating people they adore, and your baby would love to imitate you!

FOLLOW THE LEADER

How to Do This Activity

Start with an activity your baby can copy easily – waving the hand up and down, clapping, closing your eyes, and opening your eyes. Encourage your baby to watch and imitate you. You can add more actions and watch your baby’s reactions to them.

Skills Developed

This activity helps develop memory power and helps the baby understand how imitation works.

8. Kicking

As your baby grows, her playtime will increase and she will enjoy physical activities more and more. So, it’s a good idea to integrate the baby’s physical and sensory development by way of a fun activity.

BABY KICKING

How to Do This Activity

Take some pieces of colourful cloth. Tuck them under the sofa in such a way that the cloth pieces hang down like a curtain. Put the baby on her back, with her feet against the cloth pieces. The baby will start kicking the cloth with her feet. To make the game a little more challenging, move her a little further from the cloth pieces.

Skills Developed

Your baby will learn sensory integration, chin tucking, body awareness, and the cause-and-effect phenomenon.

9. Sit-Ups

Muscle strengthening is important for your growing baby. Baby sit-ups can help your baby tone her muscles.

 SIT UPS

How to Do This Activity

If your baby’s head control is good, you can lay her on her back. Place your hands under her, and slowly guide her to come up in a sitting position. As the baby uses her muscles to come up, you can hold her hands and make her do sit-ups.

Skills Developed

This activity enhances your baby’s motor skills and head control.

10. Bouncing on the Leg

Moving back and forth is thrilling for babies. They love the movement, especially when they are on their mother’s lap.

BOUNCING ON LEG

How to Do This Activity

Make your baby sit on your lap, facing you. Bounce your baby up and down. You can sing to her as you play with her. Make her go up and down at varied paces – it will make her laugh and giggle, and even ask for more.

Skills Developed

This game helps in body movement.

11. Blow Bubbles

Babies at 6 months can see far enough to focus on bubbles, and those shiny soap bubbles can prove to be quite entertaining for them.

blow bubbles

How to Do This Activity

You can go for store-bought bubble liquid. Simply blow the bubbles around your baby and watch her become enchanted with all the translucent spheres around her.

Skills Developed

Blowing bubbles can help develop your child’s vision and concentration.

12. Mirror Play

Introducing an engaging and delightful activity for your little one: Mirror Play.

How to Do This Activity

Sit in front of a mirror with your baby on your lap. Make different expressions and observe their reactions in the mirror.

Skills Developed

This activity enhances your baby’s visual tracking, social interaction, and facial recognition.

13. Texture Exploration

Welcome to the captivating realm of Texture Exploration, a delightful game specially crafted for your baby’s sensory development journey. 

How to Do This Activity

Introduce textured objects (soft fabric, bumpy toys) for your baby to touch and explore.

Skills Developed

Texture exploration can help develop your child’s tactile sensitivity, sensory exploration, and fine motor skills.

14. Floating Objects

Dive into the enchanting world of “Floating Objects,” a captivating activity that brings the magic of buoyancy and discovery to your child’s playtime.

How to Do This Activity

Place floating toys in a shallow tub of water during bath time, encouraging your baby to reach and splash.

Skills Developed

This game improves hand-eye coordination, tactile exploration, and sensory stimulation.

15. Rhythm and Sound

Immerse your child in the captivating universe of “Rhythm and Sound,” an engaging exploration that invites them to discover the captivating world of melodies, beats, and auditory wonders. 

How to Do This Activity

Use household items to create gentle sounds, such as tapping spoons together or shaking a soft rattle.

Skills Developed

This game helps in Auditory stimulation, cause-and-effect, and sensory awareness.

16. Gentle Obstacle Course

Welcome to the world of the “Gentle Obstacle Course,” where your child’s exploration and movement take centre stage in a fun and exciting way. This specially designed activity encourages your little one to navigate soft and safe challenges, promoting physical coordination, balance, and spatial awareness.

How to Do This Activity

Arrange soft pillows or cushions on the floor to create a safe crawling course for your baby to navigate.

Skills Developed 

This game enhances your baby’s motor skills, spatial awareness, and muscle strength.

17. Fabric Peek-a-Boo

Step into a world of wonder with “Fabric Peek-a-Boo,” an enchanting activity designed to delight your little one’s senses and spark their imagination.

How to Do This Activity

Play peek-a-boo with different fabrics or scarves, hiding your face and then revealing it.

Skills Developed

This game helps in object permanence, anticipation, and social interaction.

18. Nature Observation

Embark on a journey of curiosity and exploration with “Nature Observation,” a captivating activity that invites your child to connect with the natural world around them. 

How to Do This Activity

Go outdoors and highlight natural elements like leaves, flowers, or birds.

Skills Developed

Enhances visual stimulation, sensory awareness, and curiosity.

19. Sock Puppet Play

Step into a world of creativity and imagination with “Sock Puppet Play,” an exciting and interactive activity that brings everyday objects to life. Through this engaging game, your child will transform simple socks into lively characters, exploring storytelling, communication, and self-expression.

How to Do This Activity

Put a sock over your hand and make simple puppet movements while talking to your baby.

Skills Developed

This game helps in visual tracking, language development, and social interaction.

20. Mirror Kick

“Mirror Kick,” a dynamic and engaging activity that lets your child kick up their excitement and coordination skills. 

How to Do This Activity

Lay your baby on their back with a baby-safe mirror at their feet. Encourage them to kick and watch their own reflection.

Skills Developed

These critical elements developed are leg strength, visual tracking, and self-awareness.

21. Food Art

“Food Art,” is a delightful activity that combines the joys of creativity and culinary exploration. In this imaginative game, your child will transform ordinary ingredients into edible masterpieces, discovering the fun of crafting art with food. 

How to Do This Activity

Using mashed fruits or veggies, use baby-safe paints to create edible “art” on a highchair tray.

Skills Developed

Sensory exploration, fine motor skills, introduction to different textures and tastes.

There are various things to do with a 6-month-old baby that you can try to boost the development of your little one. Playtime can be fun and effective by introducing babies to activities that catalyse their holistic development as they crawl and walk into celebrating their first birthday.

References/Resources:

1. Games and play for development: 0-6 months; NCT; https://www.nct.org.uk/baby-toddler/games-and-play/games-and-play-for-development-0-6-months 

2. Important Milestones: Your Baby By Six Months; Centers Of Disease Control and Prevention; https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/milestones-6mo.html

3. Infant development: Milestones from 4 to 6 months; Mayo Clinic; https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/infant-development/art-20048178

4. Infants (0-1 year of age); Centers Of Disease Control and Prevention; https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/infants.html

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6. Muentener. P, Herrig. E, Schilz. L; The Efficiency of Infants’ Exploratory Play Is Related to Longer-Term Cognitive Development; PubMed Central; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5991261/; May 2018 

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