Are you looking for 3-6 month activities to keep your baby busy? If so, we have just what you need. In this blog post, we’ll be sharing 20 fun and easy things that’ll entertain your little one. And help all areas of their development. Including physical development (gross and fine motor). Language and Cognitive development too. The baby play ideas at home are ideal to try on a rainy day and you can even try some of them outdoors too!
We tried and tested all these activities to make sure babies love them.
But before we talk about the ideas, we wanted to first share some tips to help you play with your baby.
How Do You Play With a 3-6 Month Old?
It can be hard to know how to play with a 3-6 month old. Even when you have an activity in mind.
Firstly, it’s ok to give your baby time to play on their own. And you should always try to let them explore the activity on their own first. It will help their learning and brain development!
Once you’ve done this, you can play with your baby by:
- Getting down on the floor with them
- Making eye contact
- Talking to them about what they’re doing, what they can see, what different sensory items or toys feel like
- Using facial expressions
How Do You Entertain a 3-6 Month Old?
There are lots of ways to stimulate and keep a baby busy. Even simple daily activities like going for a walk. Listening to your singing or hearing you talk to them will engage them.
Here’s our list of some more 3-6 month activities and fun baby play ideas at home. Including physical activities for infants 3-6 months that’ll help your little one’s development.
3-6 Month Activities List
- Sing to them
- Look at each other in a mirror
- Kick balloons
- Read books
- Give them a relaxing baby massage
- Play with puppets
- Splash in water
- Look at different faces
- Inflatable water mat
- Play Aeroplanes
- Play peek-a-boo
- DIY sensory bottle
- Rock and roll together
- Foam blocks
- Sensory den
- Hang different things from their baby gym
- Smell scented socks
- Teddy talk
Sing to Them
We mentioned before that singing is a great daily activity to do with your baby. Try singing them beautiful lullabies before nap times. As well as popular nursery rhymes throughout the day. It’s a great way to help their language and listening skills.
Read more: 8 Beautiful Lullabies to Sing to Your Baby
Look At Each Other In Mirrors
Your baby will love looking at themselves in a mirror and it’ll help to develop their vision. So why not place one in front of them and watch their reactions? Try laying them on their tummy or side, as well as their back. The different laying positions will help strengthen their muscles.
Read more: Mirror Play For Babies
Tie helium-filled balloons to your baby’s ankles and watch them kick away. This engaging activity will help your infant strengthen the muscles in their legs. And it’ll teach them about cause and effect.
Unable to get helium-filled balloons? Try using a regular balloon instead. Simply place it close to your baby’s feet and encourage them to kick. They won’t see it, but they’ll still be able to feel it.
Read more: Baby Balloon Kicking
Your baby is never too young to listen to you reading to them. The familiar sound of your voice will comfort them and help to develop their language. And the colourful illustrations help their vision. it’s much easier to share a story when your little one is a baby, compared to a busy toddler!
Give Them a Calming Baby Massage
Baby massage is next on our list of 3-6 month activities. It’s a lovely way to help your baby relax. You can do it any time in the day. But it works really well before bed because it’s not too stimulating. This calming sensory activity helps to develop your little one’s sense of touch. And is a great way to bond.
Read more: How to Start Baby Massage At Home
Play With Puppets
Playing with puppets is an easy way to entertain your baby. Try using one to tell your baby a story. Give your puppet a voice and use it to play hide and seek. This will help infant’s language skills, cognitive development and develop their vision.
Read more: Fun Puppet Play For Babies
Splash In Water
Splashing in water is another of our easy 3-6 month activities. All you need is a shallow pan of water and a few toys. This simple sensory play idea will teach your little one about cause and effect. It’ll also develop their hearing, sense of touch and vision.
Read more: Simple Water Sensory Play
Look At Different Faces
Babies love looking at other children. So show them pictures of other babies. It’s an easy way to develop their vision. It also helps their language skills and will teach them about facial expressions.
Read more: Free Infant Stimulation Cards
Inflatable Water Mat
Does your baby hate tummy time? If this answer’s yes, you need to try an inflatable water mat. This clever invention will interest your baby so much, they’ll forget they’re laying on their front! They’ll strengthen important muscles needed for sitting, crawling and walking. And they’ll learn about cause and effect.
Did you ever play aeroplanes as a kid? It’s a great game that you can easily play with your baby indoors or outside! Simply lay your infant on their tummy on your shins and hold under their armpits. Gently move your legs up and take them for a ride in the air.
This activity helps to strengthen your baby’s core muscles which means that it counts as tummy time too! It also gives your baby a different view of the world.
Dancing is another fun idea in our list of 3-6 month activities. Dancing is a lovely way to bond with your baby. It releases endorphins and makes you feel good too! So try waltzing your baby around to different music. They’ll love it! Especially as they get older and start to enjoy rough and tumble play.
You can also help your baby to dance. Simply sit with your knees up and sit your baby on your lap so they’re facing you and resting against your legs. Then move their hands and feet to the beat.
Play Peek a Boo
Peek a boo is the most popular baby game of all time. And it’s for a good reason! It helps your infant’s brain development and teaches them object permanence. It also helps their language skills and vision.
Try hiding their favourite toy behind your back and see if they look for it. You could also try hiding behind something to see if they look for you!
DIY Sensory Bottles
Babies find sensory bottles fascinating because there’s so much for them to look at. They encourage them to concentrate and teach them cause and effect. A sensory bottle also makes for a great high chair activity that’ll keep them busy whilst you’re cooking dinner.
Read more: How to Make Fun Sensory bottles For Infants
Rock and Roll Together
Rocking with your baby is a fun activity for both you and your baby. And it’s an easy way to help them learn to roll from front to back and back to front!
All you need to do is lay down on the floor. Next, lay your baby on you so that their back is to your chest. Then rock from one side to the other whilst holding them.
Play With Foam Blocks
Foam blocks are a must-have toy that your baby will love playing with well into their toddler years. Your little one won’t be able to build towers of their own for some time. But they’ll love knocking down towers you’ve made for them. It’ll teach them cause and effect. Stimulate their vision and they’ll get better at holding and grasping objects.
Create a Sensory Den
A sensory den is a fantastic way to stimulate all your baby’s senses. And you can easily make your own using a cardboard box, lights and some of your baby’s toys.
Check out Family Day’s Tried and Tested for step by step instructions.
Hang Interesting Objects and Toys From Your Baby’s Activity Gym
Hanging different things from your baby’s activity gym is an easy way to add some variety to their day. They’ll have other things to stimulate them and they’ll eagerly bat at and try to grab the different things.
You could add ribbons, juggling scarves, detachable hanging toys and more.
Smell Scented Socks
Stimulate your baby’s sense of smell by creating your own sensory smelly socks (don’t worry, it’s better than it sounds!) All you need are a clean pair of socks, uncooked rice and a mixture of different spices you already have in the cupboard.
To make a smelly sock, just add one spice to one sock along with some rice. Then tie a tight knot in the top. Sit your baby in front of you and put it close to their nose for them to smell it. It’s fine if they try to put it in their mouth. As long as you don’t use harsh spices like chilli flakes or pepper!
Tip: Rosemary and basil work really well.
Encourage Your Baby to Babble to Their Teddies
Encouraging your baby to talk to their teddies is our final idea in our list of 3-6 month activities. A teddy is the one gift you’re guaranteed to receive when you have a baby. So why not put it to good use and introduce it to your baby?
Pretend the teddy is talking, make it dance and use it to tell different stories. This will help to boost your baby’s communication skills.
That’s our list of easy 3-6 month activities, complete. We hope you found it useful.
Lots of these ideas can be used with older babies. So don’t forget to try the suggestions as your little one grows. It’ll be interesting to see their reactions change over time too.
Try the activities outdoors. On a rainy day indoors. During tummy time or whilst your baby’s sitting in their high chair. It’ll add variety to their day and let them explore from a different perspective.
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