I Can Hold
In this activity, you will play with your baby by offering your fingers for you baby toexplore and hold.
The fledging Circle (Birth to 6 months)
Infant (Birth to 18 months)
I Can Do It By Myself
I Can Hold
I Can Hold
Developmental Step: The fledging Circle (Birth to 6 months)
Age: Infant (Birth to 18 months)
Song: I Can Do It By Myself
In this activity, you will play with your baby by offering your fingers for you baby to explore and hold.
- Bonding and attachment
- Eye-hand coordination
- Sense of touch
- Eye contact
- Baby’s sense of “I can do it”
Key Developmental Facts
- In the beginning your baby’s vision is limited to 8-10 inches. Around 3 months, your baby will develop the ability to to follow objects and reach out.
Importance of Activity
- In doing this activity, you will encourage your baby to look at you, hold your hand and play with your fingers. Skin-to-skin contact is the foundation for bonding and attachment. Playing with your hand and fingers, as well as the rattle, provides your baby with the opportunity to work on their eye-hand coordination. These interactions with your child will enhance their familiarity with you as a significant adult in their life.
- Look at _______. You are my precious baby.
- You see, this is _________ hand and these are my fingers.
- Oh, ________ has long fingers.
- _____________ hands are bigger than your.
- Let’s see, can you hold my finger(s)/hand?
- Your fingers are so tiny and I love when you are holding them and not letting go.
- Let’s see if I can pull my fingers away from your strong grip.
- Let’s play a game and see how long you are going to hold on to __________ hand/fingers
- You see when I shake this rattle, it makes sounds
- Let’s see if you can shake it too.
- You are holding the rattle and looking at it with such wonder!
- Be close to the baby so they can see and sense your presence.
- Listen to the song, “I Can Do it by Myself” with the baby while offering the baby your finger(s)/hand to hold onto.
- Sing along.
- Notice how the baby will curl their hand around you and hold on tight.
- Make eye contact and use the suggested dialogue and talk softly to the child while they hold onto you. It is beneficial for your baby to hear your voice and verbal interaction will help them recognize the use of language.
- Be animated. Try different voices and facial expressions.
- You can offer a rattle to the baby and see if they grab it. Give your child the opportunity to play with the rattle.
- Talk and encourage cooing by waiting for the baby to respond as if you are taking turns.
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