Infant games: 6 to 9 months

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By six or seven months your child has great achievements: he confidently turned from stomach to back and from the back to the belly, sitting without support and is actively trying to crawl. If his support under the breast, it will cross the legs — as he gets ready to take the first independent step.

At eight months old baby is crawling well, self-sits and lies down, gets up, clinging to the support. His movements become more precise and purposeful: in six months, he can grasp objects with one hand and waving a rattle in seven it shifts toy from one hand to another, in an eight — trying to clap, and at nine he was able to collect small items or get cubes out of the box. All the more time your baby spends awake. By all means play with him? Maybe train the fingers?

Speech therapists and psychologists never tire of repeating that language development is directly linked to the development of fine motor skills. The fact that speech brain area formed under the influence of impulses coming from the fingers.

How to collect a pyramid?

In six months baby can already play with the pyramid. So far, however, it will only remove the rings, and you — again and again to put them on the bar. Usually advised to wear rings only in the "right" order — from highest to lowest. But you can try other options, for example, get a "self-propelled construction." At both ends of the rod wear large rings, and in the middle — small. Secure the tip of the pyramid design to ringlets fell. Now you can roll the pyramid at each other across the floor, and then again to disassemble on rings. Be sure to comment on the baby steps: "Dasha took off her ring. Another ring removed. Dasha took off all rings! No more rings. "

If you happened to be two of the pyramid (for some reason the relatives and friends love to give these kids toys), in five minutes you can build almost a real race car. In a large plastic bottle of water or kvas accurately perform the four holes which then insert the two pins on the pyramids (this will be the axis). On each axle will put on two wheels, and the car is ready for the trip around the apartment.

Pampering for the benefit of business

When your child enough food hands, licking his fingers, unbuttoned just put on a diaper and picks his nose, let the comfort you will think that by doing so the young researcher develops fine motor skills. If it annoys you, provide a decent alternative.

One can, for example, to give an unnecessary bag or shirt with a large zipper. However, be careful to not fall into her baby's fingers. Typically, children like to open and close the Velcro, especially if hidden under the flap fasteners interesting picture or application. If you have any clothes on there pocket with velcro, hide it in a small toy and show your child how to get it. Famous American pediatricians W. and M. Serz write that their six-month son Matthew loved exploring my father's shirt breast pocket, because there he invariably found the pen.

Teach your child turn over the pages of cardboard first, and then the usual books, finger banging on the piano keys, remove socks, squeeze in a bath a small cloth or sponge — it all helps to develop fine motor skills.

Where to find a new toy?

At the age of six or seven months, often the most attractive place in the house is a kitchen. First, there is most often a mother and does something terribly interesting in its saucepan and frying pans, of which smells waft astounding. And secondly, there is so much of any cans, boxes and lids that simply dazzled! But one can with this play? Of course! At any kitchen certainly there:

  • plastic cups, spoons, plates and other utensils (it can pretend to cook, stir, "porridge" spoon and treat her toy friends);
  • Wooden spoons of all sizes (they are excellent bang!)
  • small saucepan and cover them (you can try different cover to the saucepan and choose the right);
  • plastic bottles — empty or filled with water, a variety of cereals (but do not need to fill out before the end of the bottle, then it will be interesting to see to it, as moving specks or poured water);
  • plastic jars with lids (put in, say, a few lumps of sugar and experiment with a homemade rattle);
  • matter of different textures and colors (suit small towels and even clean cloth to wash dishes);
  • small boxes with lids, and without them (in the box, too, can put something interesting, such as a small toy or a piece of apple);
  • any "balls" — from the ball, ping-pong or tennis ball to apples, oranges, balls of wool, etc.
  • disposable paper cups or plastic cups of yogurt (you can invest in one another, build towers and then parse);
  • great toy — A set of multi-colored foam sponges for washing dishes. At first, your baby will compress them, feeling her fingers a new texture, and is closer to a year, possibly together with you try to build a tower of the jaws, a track or a ladder for a small doll.

Do not seek to "fill up" baby toys in the hope that it will leave you for a long time alone, looking for their treasure. At this age, the kid can just deal with one or two toys. And when they tire of it, you replace them with new ones.

Psychologists believe that the development of orientation in space toys useful to have some distance from the baby so he could get them, pulling toward you. You can bind to toys and tape a length of about 30-50 cm, while the possibility of manipulating toys increase. It is better to use a ribbon or braid made of natural fabrics (well, if they are different in texture — silk, velvet, cotton lace, lace). Nylon belt too tight, and usually they do not really like children.

Hide and Seek

Hide the toy bunny, so that any part of it remained in sight (we hid, such as a diaper or a light blanket). First, it is better to hide the toy in front of the kid. Found? Excellent! Now thread the needle and hide bunny at a time when the child turns away, but some small part of the toy which is still visible. Where's the rabbit? The task has become more complicated. If you can not deal with it on the first try, do not get discouraged and even more so, do not scold the child. In 7-8 months, he solves an important question: what happens to objects when they are not visible. In his memory imprinted a certain way.

This game is, surprisingly, is preparing crumbs to the first separation. To let go of my mother, the child wants to be sure that my mother would return, she left not forever. And to do this in memory of his mother's image must be preserved.

Then you can try to hide behind some shelter and call the kid. If he could not immediately find you, look out of hiding and call him again. Cheers, my mother found!

We crawl? We crawl! ..

It is difficult to overestimate the value of crawling, but often parents do not pay much attention this stage. It is through the crawling baby first begins to move independently in space. But in order to do this it is necessary to give him space to move around! The child, who is a full day in the crib or playpen simply no way to crawl. The best place for a baby of six months and older — the floor.

However, to provide an opportunity to crawl — that's not all. We need to create demand for crawling, and this, apart from special exercises, as always, will help the game. Recall how, in 4-5 months, your baby learned to grab the toy hanging on a ribbon (we spoke in detail about this in the last issue). This experience is now useful to him to learn a new skill. Maybe he likes to chase the centipede on a string? Zoom it to the baby at arm's length, and then slowly move a little bit. Did it work? Allow the crumbs to feel the joy of victory, sincerely praise him for his successful "hunt" and, of course, hand him a fair catch. If he could not get to the toys, try again and ag
ain. You certainly will succeed!

Next step: the baton of toys. Arrange a few toys on the floor at some distance from each other (the distance is determined solely by the capabilities of your baby). Pay attention to the child's toys and ask them to crawl from one subject to another.

When the baby will crawl more confident, you can play tunnel, made from a large cardboard box. To start roll the ball through it, and then offer the baby to crawl through the tunnel.

In the second half of fundamentally changing the style of communication the child and adult. During the first six months it was purely an emotional connection, it is now a toddler and an adult, if so to speak, are also business partners. Of course, the emotional connection is preserved, and the crumb would be happy to talk to you, sit on your hands, take your love and give you his. But apart from the attention and affection, now he wants you to do and the active cooperation of joint activities. For instance, baby throws a toy and smiling happily in anticipation of what you pick up and hand it to him. Raised, they delivered. Toss again with a smile on his lips. Slow to anger, kid does not do it in order to test the strength of your nerves, he just invites you into the game. Another time, he will stretch your toy and will expect you to not only take it, but to play with him.

Try to be responsive to the calls of his child, and he will appreciate it!

Inessa Smyk

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