Developing my baby’s language is very important to me. I want him to have the tools to communicate with me available for whenever he is ready to talk. Baby Centre has this game “Telephone Talk” which is a playful way to help your baby keep working on their speech as they continue to developing their range of sounds. You’ll need two play telephones, or real phones that are turned off or disconnected. Give your baby one telephone and hold the receiver up to her ear. Then use your telephone to hold a one-sided conversation, using a slow, exaggerated speaking style. Leave long pauses between your questions and comments, and soon you’ll notice your baby beginning to make babbling and cooing responses. This is a great way for you to help your baby practice the rhythms of conversation – sooner than you might think, they will join in with their own gurgling “opinions”.
They also have this game “Shadow Show” which is a game which uses their new passion for moving patterns and shapes. You may notice your little one staring at the TV now, whereas before they ignored it. Help him or her become an active audience with an on-the-wall shape-making game. This is like the olden days-story telling theatre through hand-puppet shapes. You’ll need a flashlight for this one. Many cultures have created forms of theatre using shadows, and babies love both the mystery and surprise of a seeing a shadow dancing. Sit on the floor with your baby in your lap or next to you. Position your flashlight so it shines against a wall, then put your hands in between the beam and the wall so that the wall serves as a screen. Start with simple activities like waving and holding up different numbers of fingers. Then use your hands to make animal shapes, such as a dog or duck. Help your baby wave his hands to make simple shadows, and point out to him or her how much smaller his hand-shadows are than yours. Finally, hold their hands in yours and help him form the different shadow shapes, then have them say goodnight to them.