Developmental Activities for 6 Month Old Baby

6 MONTHS OLD

Time flies, and while you are still learning the ropes of parenthood, you will notice that your little baby is the centre of attraction at home. Your baby might be waving, gurgling, gabbling, moving their hands and legs, nodding and smiling. Although it’s a joy to see them learning and acquiring new skills, you must be aware of what are the milestones for a particular age and keep an eye on your baby’s development. Playing with them, encouraging them, appreciating them and connecting with them aids in brain development. So, remember that your love, touch, attention and time are vital in their developmental stage. Development is enhanced by your involvement, and it revolves around the parent-child interaction.

What to Expect from 6-Month-Old Child?

Six-month-old babies are interested in everything around them. Every little thing about them is exciting and leads them to learn something new every day. You can see them learning to chew objects, take objects and handle them in their own way, roll over and sit up without anyone’s support. At this stage, your baby is ready to explore movement-related activities, interactive activities and has developed exciting motor skills such as:

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

Your baby’s eye colour is developed, and speech patterns are developing. Babies at 6 months begin to grasp languages that they get to hear.

All activities help in stimulating their physical development, socializing skill development, mental and emotional development and sensory skill building. Your growing baby loves playing, which helps in experiencing different sensations. These sensations impact their physical and mental development.

So, in short, your baby is observing, imitating, having fun, but learning and acquiring new skills. At this stage, they are very inquisitive, observant and on an exploring spree.

Learning Activities for 6th Month Old Baby

It’s time to play and learn together with your babies and introduce them to various interactive activities to enhance their physical, mental, emotional, social and sensory development because they will soon be crawling and walking around to explore even more. You can get creative and play with your babies. However, let’s look at some six-month-old baby activities that can help them boost their overall development.

1. Reading

It’s a very good time to start reading books to your baby. You can read picture books and also use books with tactile components.

READING

How To Do This Activity

Ensure that you read slowly, adding gestures and emotions. Encourage them 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 books, thick board books are specially designed for them so that they cannot be torn easily.

Skill Developed

Six-month-old babies are taking their little steps towards speech development. They are grasping languages as they get to hear them. Reading helps in developing their language and listening skills. It also helps them in sensory development. They tend to use their eyes to perceive colours and pictures. Pictures with tactile components help them in their sensory development of sight and touch.

2. Clapping

Clapping is something that your baby would love to do. Clapping is fun, so encourage them to clap and clap with them.

CLAPPING

How To Do This Activity

When babies are around 6 months, they learn to clap. Clapping gives them immense joy as it produces sound. You can show them how to clap and make them clap. Take their hands in yours and teach them slowly or simply allow them to imitate you. Clapping can be made more interesting by using rhymes or songs of your choice.

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.

Skill Developed

Babies learn imitation and also get to know about sounds. They also get exposed to the world of rhymes.

3. Talking

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

TALKING

How To Do This Activity

Strike a conversation with your baby. When they babble, respond to them with a smile and babble. They love it as it encourages them to talk. Tell them everything you do. For example, point to the colour of their clothes, tell them about it, talk to them about what they are eating and many other things around them.

Skill Developed

Talking helps in enhancing their language skills and listening skills.

4. Singing

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

SINGING

How To Do This Activity

Your creativity can help you make up songs. You can make up a song and sing for the baby as a lullaby, while giving it a bath or while doing any activity for your baby. You can also use a song to say things like, “Now, I’m going to change your clothes”.

You can change your voice, make it squeaky, sing slowly, sing fast, use a low voice, use a deep voice and try various options so that the baby gets to learn auditory discrimination.

Skill Developed

Singing introduces them to sounds and also auditory discrimination. It enhances their sensory appeal.

5. Peekaboo

This is a fun game that makes your babies laugh and also experience a sense of immense joy in their success. They love to see your face suddenly pop up.

PEEKABOO

How To Do This Activity

You can have variations in this activity. The most popular ones are as follows:

  • Covering Your Face: Cover your face with your hands or cloth and hide from your baby. After a while pop yourself and say, “ Peek-a-boo. They will try to pull your hands off and squeal with laughter when you say, Peek-a-boo.
  • Hide Behind a Chair or a Sofa: You can also hide and suddenly re-appear by saying, “Peek-a-boo”.

You can also try this out by using objects. You can hide a book, toy or any object under a blanket and make it partially visible. Then ask the baby to find the object. “Where is it? Come one find it”. They would quickly look under the blanket. After the baby has mastered this skill, you can hide the object completely and encourage him, or she finds it.

Skill Developed

This activity helps in fine motor skill development of the baby. It also gives them an idea about object permanence. Object permanence is a concept that indicates that objects or people exist even when you can’t see them. This activity helps in developing this cognitive concept in babies.

6. Flying

Babies love when you cuddle them, move them around, and play with them. Making them fly is an excellent activity. Let’s see how to do this activity.

FLYING

How To Do This Activity

Put your baby on your lap with their belly facing your lap. Hold the baby with both your hands. Support the midsection carefully. Lift the baby gently and move up, come down, go on to move back and forth like a bird or aeroplane flying. Babies squeal with laughter and love the surprise factor of moving around in various directions.

Skill Developed

Babies see everything around with a different perspective. It helps in body movement and stimulation.

7. Follow the Leader

Babies love to imitate, and as they love you loads, they are always waiting to imitate you.

FOLLOW THE LEADER

How To Do This Activity

Start with an activity that your baby can do easily; for example, waving the hand up and down. You can clap, wave, close your eyes, open your eyes and any other action. Encourage your baby to watch you and imitate you. You can add more actions and watch your baby’s actions and reactions.

Skill Developed

This activity helps in learning imitation, memory and performing back and forth actions.

8. Kicking

As your baby is growing, their play time increases and they enjoy physical activities. So, let’s integrate their physical and sensory developmental skills through a fun activity.

BABY KICKING

How To Do This Activity

Take some colourful cloth pieces. Tuck them under the sofa cushion so that it touches the floor like a curtain. Put the baby on his or her back, with feet against the cloth piece and knees bent. The baby would start kicking the cloth with his/her hands or feet. You can move the baby a little and increase the challenge. The baby would try to touch and kick the cloth.

Skill Developed

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

9. Sit Ups

Strengthening muscles is important for your growing baby. Baby sit-ups can help them tone their muscles.

 SIT UPSHow To Do This Activity

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

Skill Developed

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

10. Bouncing on the Leg

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

BOUNCING ON LEG

How To Do This Activity

Let your baby sit on your lap facing you. Bounce the baby up and down. You can say “Riding on a horsey to the nearby town” or anything that indicates that the little one has a ride. You can make them have a smooth ride or make it bumpy and then tip them backwards. They would laugh or giggle and sometimes ask for more.

Skill Developed

It helps in body movement.

There are various sensory activities for 6 month old babies that you can try to boost the development of your little one. Playtime can be fun and effective by introducing babies to activities that act as catalysts to their holistic development as they crawl and walk into celebrating their first birthday.

Also Read:

6 Months Old Baby Milestones
6 Months Old Baby Growth and Development