Infant Emotional and Social Development Activities

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Infant Emotional and Social Development Activities
Helping to develop your child's social and emotional development is beneficial. (baby image by Yvonne Bogdanski from

Social development is intertwined with emotional development in infants. Participating in activities with your baby can help create that healthy development. It is important to help your child develop socially and emotionally because this development forms the basis for learning to trust their providers, responding to their names and interacting with other children.

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One activity that can help develop a 3-month- to 6-month-old baby's social interaction is the classic game of peek-a-boo. This game can be played with hands or with something soft, such as blankets or stuffed animals. Place your hands or the soft object in front of your eyes or your baby's eyes. Suddenly remove what is covering the eyes and look at the baby, saying "Peek-a-boo!"


Gently hold the baby's wrists and softly tap the hands together while saying the familiar "Pat-a-cake" nursery rhyme. Twirl the baby's hands around one another when you "roll it in the pan." Use the baby's hands to draw a "B" in the air when you "mark it with a 'B.'"

Singing Songs and Talking

While meeting your baby's daily needs, such as feeding and changing diapers, sing and talk to him or her. Tell your baby what you are doing and label objects around you. While holding or rocking your baby, sing lullabies and other soothing songs.

Mimic and Make Faces

Babies enjoy it when adults copy their movements and sounds. Your baby will try other movements and sounds to see if you will do those as well. You can also make funny faces at your baby to make her laugh.

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