How your 7-month-old might play now

    • He rocks on his hands and knees and may creep on his tummy
    • She responds to her name, recognises voices and different tunes
    • With full colour vision, he enjoys looking at complex objects—and might even move for a better view
    • Her eyes help her explore, and she uses them as a gauge when reaching out for objects
    • He starts cupping his hand around toys and can push them into his hand with his thumb
Shape sorters
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    Brilliant Basics™ Baby’s First Blocks

    Fine Motor Sensory Thinking & Problem Solving
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    Laugh & Learn™ Cookie Shape Surprise™

Help your baby learn more:

    • In and out. This is a great time to focus on concepts like "in and out" and "on and off." Encourage your baby to put a hand or a shape inside the shape sorter toy … what will happen? If he's greeted with a funny sound or musical surprise, you can bet baby will like playing the "in and out" game over and over!
    • One at a time. When you progress to introducing shapes, start with just one: identify it and let baby get the hang of sorting that shape before you move on to a new one. Name the shape as your child picks it up and tries to figure out where it fits.
Action/reaction toys
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    Go Baby Go!™ Silly Sounds Frog

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    Laugh & Learn™ Apptivity™ Case
    for iPad® devices (Blue)

    Fine Motor Self-Expression & Confidence Sensory
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    Laugh & Learn™ Love to Play Puppy™

Help your baby learn more:

    • Talk about things as baby makes them happen—you’ll help him understand the idea of action/reaction: "You made the music play! Listen … do you hear it? Let's spin the ball again."
    • Colour me fun. Use a toy's features to introduce your baby to various colours, saying each colour name clearly as you point to it. This is the time when babies are building their receptive language skills, so the more words they hear, the more they’ll become familiar with.
    • You did it! Use descriptive language as your baby activates a toy: "Hear the sound the dino makes? … Look what happens when you bop the bug!"
Toys that encourage crawling or standing
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    Amazing Animals™ Press & Go™ Crocodile

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    Go Baby Go!™ Sit-to-Stand Giraffe

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    Laugh & Learn™ Puppy & Friends Learning Table

    Academics Fine Motor Gross Motor

Help your baby learn more:

    • One, two, three… Sit on the floor with baby and playfully point out a toy's features, colors and surprises. Say color names out loud as you touch each one: "This is a blue bead, this one's green and this one's purple. One, two, three beads."
    • Let’s get physical. Encourage your baby to get physically involved with the toy to strengthen muscles and confidence. That could mean pushing it, rolling it back and forth, crawling through it or using it to pull up to a stand.

At the Zoo

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As your baby begins to talk, she loves making sounds. So take an imaginary trip to the zoo and learn about animals while you increase your baby’s listening and language skills.

Materials

  • Stuffed animals or large pictures of animals
  • Infant seat
  • Your voice

Instructions

  • Collect a variety of stuffed animals or large pictures of animals.
  • Seat your baby in her infant seat and sit facing her.
  • Hold up an animal or picture next to your face, so your baby can see your mouth, then make the animal’s sound.
  • Give your baby a chance to imitate the sound, then repeat the sound.
  • Hold up the next animal or picture and make the appropriate sound.
  • Repeat for all the animals or pictures.
  • Hold up the animals or pictures again, this time pausing a moment before making the animal sounds, so your baby can anticipate them.

Safety

Don’t make the sounds too loud; you don’t want to scare your baby.

Learning skills

  • Auditory recognition
  • Classification skills
  • Language development
  • Social interaction

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