How your 6-month-old might play now

    • She can sit up with only a little support—or maybe none at all
    • When he drops something, he looks for it
    • She enjoys simple games like peek-a-boo or pat-a-cake
    • He can bang a toy and shout at the same time
    • She participates in activities that center around her
Action/reaction toys
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    Laugh & Learn™ Storybook Rhymes

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    Laugh & Learn™
    Learning Toolbench™

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    Laugh & Learn™ Learning Puppy™

    Academics Fine Motor Sensory

Help your baby learn more:

    • Lights! Music! Action! Start by demonstrating some of the toy's specific features, showing baby how to start the action, lights, or music.
    • What will happen? As you play, encourage baby to do something with the toy … he'll be greeted with a fun surprise that will make him want to play again and again!
Roly-poly bat-at toys
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    Go Baby Go!™ Bat & Wobble Penguin

    Balance & Coordination Curiosity & Discovery Sensory
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    Growing Baby™ Clutch Ball

    Curiosity & Discovery Sensory
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    Laugh & Learn™ Singin’ Soccer Ball

    Gross Motor Sensory

Help your baby learn more:

    • Watch what happens! A roly-poly toy is perfect for this stage because baby can make it move without causing it to roll away. At first, make the action happen yourself so baby can see what it’s all about, then watch what baby does in response.
    • You can do it … To encourage baby to move her developing muscles, put this toy within view, at arm's length away. Baby will want to move toward it to get a closer look.
    • Tummy-time fun. Put a roly-poly toy on the floor in front of baby where he can easily see its bright colors when he lifts his head up. Baby can bat at it to make intriguing action happen. Freshen the challenge by occasionally alternating from baby’s right to left side.
Stacking toys
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    Growing Baby™ Tiger Stacker

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    Brilliant Basics™ Stack & Roll Cups™

    Fine Motor Sensory Thinking & Problem Solving
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    Brilliant Basics™ Stacking Action Blocks

Help your baby learn more:

    • Describe it. Use stacking toys to introduce other simple words and descriptions, like big and little, or top and bottom. You can also use these toys to reinforce understanding of cause and effect.
    • What color? Help your child make connections between words and concepts by talking about colors: “That's the big yellow cup.”
Toys to invite early role play
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    Laugh & Learn™ Peek-a-Boo Cuckoo™

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    Laugh & Learn™ Rumble & Learn Driver™

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    Laugh & Learn™ Magic Scan Market

    Academics Curiosity & Discovery Thinking & Problem Solving

Help your baby learn more:

    • What’s that sound? Take baby on a "sound" tour of your house. Ring the doorbell, turn on the clock's alarm, start the computer. As you make your way through the house, tell baby what each sound means: "Company's coming! … Time to get up … I'm going to check my email."
    • Makin’ it happen. To foster awareness of cause-and-effect relationships, let your child turn a light switch or a faucet on and off and see how her actions make things happen.
    • Everyday play. Open the cupboard and pull out pots, pans and wooden spoons. Watch baby smile as he realizes, "I made that sound!" As he plays, talk to him about what you see and hear. He'll enjoy the sound of your voice, and you'll be helping his speech develop.
Toys to encourage crawling
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    Go Baby Go!™ 1-2-3 Crawl-Along Snail

    Balance & Coordination Curiosity & Discovery Sensory

Help your baby learn more:

    • Play active games to exercise gross motor skills. When babies’ feet press against a solid surface, they stretch out their legs. This is called the “walking reflex,” and you can use it to help your baby practice for crawling!
      • Place baby on tummy
      • Put a fun, colorful toy a few inches from baby’s head and call attention to it
      • Sit behind baby with your legs or hands pressed against her feet
      • Let your baby push against the pressure, causing her to move forward
      • Keep moving the toy and pushing against baby’s feet until she’s moved forward
    • Let’s roll! Roll or slide a toy back and forth across the floor to each other. It can be a good workout for baby's eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity.

Abracadabra

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Play a magical game of “Where did it go?” with your baby, and make a toy disappear right before his eyes—without mirrors! He will soon be on to you, and will realise that the toy didn’t disappear, but is still in your hand.

Materials

  • A favourite toy

Instructions

  • Find a bright toy that will fit into your hand.
  • Lay your baby on his back and let him see the toy.
  • Let your baby hold the toy for a few minutes to explore it.
  • Gently take the toy from his hands and place it in your palm.
  • Close both hands and show your baby your closed fists.
  • Ask your baby, “Where did it go?”
  • When your baby looks puzzled, open your hand and show him the toy, saying, “Here it is!”
  • Repeat the game, alternating hands and toys.

Safety

Be sure the toy is not too small, so your baby won’t choke on it when he examines it.

Learning Skills

  • Cognitive skills
  • Eye/hand coordination
  • Object permanence
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