Baby girls are stimulated by the environment around them. They enjoy looking at new things, hearing new sounds and getting to touch foreign textures and fabrics. Day cares provide safe supervision to babies while parents are preoccupied, which gives day care workers ample time to play games with the babies they monitor. Come up with games that can give baby girls some fun, while also exercising their motor skills.
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Some baby girls may already be able to crawl. If this is the case, come up with an exploring game to play with them. Set the play area up with a variety of large objects, such as a beach ball, a stuffed animal, empty box and other items that have different looks. Let the baby crawl around the play area and explore each object. She can touch the beach ball, hug the stuffed animal or look inside the box. Participate in the game by encouraging her to explore various aspects of each object. For instance, if you have a doll that makes a squeak sound when you push it, show her how to push the doll to make the noise. Since day cares often have multiple babies at one time, make sure you have enough staff to supervise this game if the babies are playing at once.
You can play peek-a-boo with a baby girl. This game can keep her entertained for a while. To make things more interesting, wear a funny hat or a clown nose to give her something to laugh at. You can even play peek-a-boo with stuffed animals, dolls or puppets.
Song and Touch Games
Song and touch games are games where you sing a song to a baby while teaching her about the words in the song through touch. For instance, a song and touch game about the body might be "Tippy-peg touch your leg," at which point the day care worker will take the baby's hand and have her touch her leg. Or, "High-low touch your toe." You can also play this game with shapes. Line up large foam shapes and start to sing "Here, there touch the square," and put the baby's hand on the square as you say the word.
Ball games help baby girls develop hand and eye coordination. Play this game if the baby you are watching is already able to sit up on her own. With both of you on the floor facing each other, roll a ball to her and encourage her to roll the ball back to you. Keep up the routine and eventually she will start to see the pattern. As baby girls get older you can play a bounce-the-ball game, where you bounce the ball back and forth.
For baby girls who are fairly mobile, play physical games at day care. A physical game may include an exercise, such as patting the floor repeatedly with the hand, or toe-touching while sitting on the floor. Physical games help babies stretch and develop their motor skills.
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