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For ages 0 to 18 months old.
Be sure to visit your library to pick up a sheet of activity ideas for babies and their caregivers AND pick up a free board book for your baby (one per child, while supplies last).
You’ll also find additional ideas for activities and challenges listed below and updated each week!
Activities to try this week
- Create a bookshelf for your baby’s books.
- Fill an empty baby wipes container or tissue box with scarves, ribbon, or any soft items you have at home. Your little one will enjoy taking the items out of the container endlessly.
- Encourage your baby to make small hand movements, like touching his nose, grabbing his feet, or picking up a toy. These fine motor movements with help baby get ready to eventually turn book pages and hold crayons.
- Fly your baby around the house like a superhero, exploring up high and down low!
- Snuggle up and share a book together.
- Track how quickly baby is growing! Our little ones grow up right before our eyes. Take a moment to track how tall your baby is and note it in your baby’s scrapbook.
- Sing a song while bathing your baby. Can’t think of a lullaby off the top of your head? Sing one of your favorite songs, or a song you loved as a kid.
- Explore with sound as you play with baby. Vary the tone and volume of your voice as you read a story to your little one. Try using different noises as you play together with toy trucks or animals. Hearing a variety of sounds helps your child to develop language.
- Stuck in line while running errands with your little one? Try a quick game of peek-a-boo to entertain baby and develop her senses of curiosity and humor.
- Seat baby facing outwards on your lap. Build a tower on the floor with toy blocks. Let baby reach out and knock the items down. What sound do the blocks make when they fall over?
- Make a DIY ball pit with a large box and small baby-friendly plastic balls.
- Repetition is key! Your baby might love hearing the same book or song over and over again. This repetition strengthens their understanding and their bond with you. When it’s time to switch things up, your librarian can recommend something new.
- Find a special corner of your home for sharing books with baby. It might be a cozy spot on the couch, a rocking chair in baby’s nursery, or even a shady spot in the backyard.
- Use inexpensive felt fabric to cut out simple shapes for your baby to play with.
- Practice fine motor skills with plastic bowls and a wooden spoon. Your little one can practice stirring, tapping, lifting, drumming, and stacking.
- Use leftover plastic Easter eggs to create egg shaker musical instruments. Fill with dried rice, secure with tape, and it’s music time! Be sure to supervise your baby closely when using homemade toys.
- Enjoy a moment of quiet time with your baby today. Cuddle up for a few minutes of calm without TV or music.
- Make a drum circle with pots and pans from the kitchen. Join in the fun with your baby and tap out various rhythms.
- It's tickle time! Say the different parts of the body out loud as you tickle your little one.
- Use your smartphone or an old-fashioned tape recorder to record your baby's voice. Encourage your baby to babble, coo, and express themselves. Play back the recording so your little one can hear their own voice.
- Play a tug-a-lug game! Encourage your baby to grasp a dish towel or other soft cloth. Use gentle tugging motions to help your little one build muscle strength and coordination.
- Attend a program at your library.
- If your baby is ready, give them crayons and encourage them to scribble. These early doodles are the foundation of writing!
- Ask your librarian about how to participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.
- As you read a book together, hold your baby so she can see your facial expressions and the pages.
- Make musical instruments with items found around your home. Tap together two paper plates back to back for a simple percussion instrument.
- Older babies love to rip and tear paper. It’s great practice for motor skills. Gather up some old magazines or junk mail and let your baby go wild!
- Pack a favorite board book in your diaper bag to share in quiet moments when you’re on the go.
- Encourage your little one to use his hands. Practice touching toes, grasping food, pointing to pictures, or grabbing toys. These motions increase motor skills and encourage coordination.
- Babies love imitation! Make simple, exaggerated sounds for baby and watch as she follows along. She might try imitating your motions.
- Chat with your baby! Tell your little one about your day. Pausing periodically will encourage your child to respond with coos, gurgles, and their own language. This practice encourages speech skills.
- Make funny faces. Watching these silly faces helps babies learn how to read facial expressions.
- Babies love to look at reflections of themselves. Grab a small mirror and watch your little one become fascinated at her own reflection. This activity fosters emotional development and helps your child’s eyes learn how to focus.
- Sometimes the most fun toys are free! Gather up a few empty boxes (cereal boxes, snack boxes, mailing packages, etc.) and encourage your baby to stack, throw, and explore them.
- Look for sensory experiences for your baby while enjoying fun outings. Encourage your little one to feel the sand or grass while visiting the beach or park.
All programs are free and open to the public. See kids events for any or all branches:
Please see event details for information on registration requirements.
Special services like sign language interpretation and assistive listening can be provided at events to patrons upon request. Please give at least up to five business days notice to library staff in order to schedule services at events. Call 239-479-4636 or stop by the reference desk at your local library.