The Birth of a Book Habit
- Playing in the water is a great sensory experience for babies. Most babies love water! Join a swim class, go in your pool at home, or a lake near your house and enjoy the sensory experience with baby. Allow them to feel and manipulate the water with buckets or shovels, this will encourage fine and gross motor skills needed for writing and drawing. Don’t forget the floatation devices to stay safe in the water at all times.
- Babies are just learning to use their hands. Babies will explore objects by putting them in their mouths. Hand things to your baby, have him/her pick things up or grab things off the blanket. This will help babies with fine and gross motor skills that increase their core, balance and coordination skills.
- Never too young to make a creative art project. Be prepared to get messy and that’s okay. There are many crafts that promote fine motor skills in babies such as playing with shaving cream, painting, using markers. All of these options can be easily done outside or indoors on a washable service.