peaPod
2:1

Let’s Bang, Point and Discover!

Domain:

In this activity, you will play with your baby offering them opportunities to bang, pointand discover a hidden object.

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  • Developmental Step:

    Circle in the making (6 to 12 months)

    Age:

    Infant (Birth to 18 months)

  • Song:

    I Can Do It by Myself

  • Activity:

    Let’s Bang, Point and Discover!

Materials:

  • Song
  • Empty box(es)
  • Wooden spoon
  • Small baby safe toys (a rattle, a doll, a stuffed animal)

GOALS: To Learn, Encourage and Support:

  • Bonding and attachment
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Object permanence
  • Imitation of simple actions
  • Communication and language development
  • Baby’s sense of “I can do it”

Key Developmental Facts:

  • Object permanence is the ability of your baby to understand that objects exist even if it cannot be seen. The first sign that a baby has acquired object permanence is their ability to play the game peek-a-boo.

Importance of Activity:

  • In doing this activity with your baby, you will encourage them to look at you, imitate you and follow your lead. Your baby is eager to learn, explore, and discover new objects. Banging on the box with your baby and hiding items under it provides your baby the opportunity to obtain new cognitive skills. Your baby starts to understand that an object can exist even when “being away” (out of sight). Spending time with your baby, communicating and interacting while using readily available items is priceless!

Suggested Dialogue:

  • Look at you! You are sitting so nicely!
  • What do we have here? You see, this is a box and here is a spoon.
  • Let’s make music together. Let’s bang on the box.
  • Do you like the sound? What happens when we bang softly or when we bang strongly?
  • I like to bang on the box and hear the sounds that we make together.
  • Your grip is so strong and tight. You hold the wooden spoon and you bang with it on the box.
  • Let’s see if I am going to hide this ______. Can you find it? Where did it go?
  • Oh! Look! The _______ is here underneath the box! Let’s do it again.
  • This is so fun to look for _________ and find it!

Instructions:

  1. Sit with your baby either in your lap or independently on a blanket on the floor.
  2. Listen to the song, “I Can Do It by Myself,” with the baby while offering the baby an empty box and a wooden spoon to bang with.
  3. Have a wooden spoon for yourself and demonstrate how to bang on the box and make noise
  4. See the baby’s reaction (Is the baby startled? Is the baby following you?)
  5. Encourage the baby to imitate the banging on the box. Take turns doing that.
  6. Pay attention to how the baby holds and grips the spoon and how they bang on the box.
  7. Following the banging on the box, take the spoon or a toy and hide it under the box.
  8. Ask the baby in an animated voice: Where did this _______ go? Oh, Oh! Let’s see, where did it go?
  9. Talk softly to the child too and use the suggested dialogue for ideas. Talking to your baby now helps them listen to verbal words and develop language skills.
  10. See what the baby is doing, are they trying to retrieve the hidden item under the box?
  11. Demonstrate finding the item under the box. Use your animated voice to announce and praise the discovery!
  12. Repeat hiding and finding the hidden item as long as the baby is interested and responds excitedly.
  13. You can use more than one box so the baby needs to pay attention to which box the item is hidden under.

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peaPod 2:1

Let’s Bang, Point and Discover!

Domain:

Developmental Step: Circle in the making (6 to 12 months)

Age: Infant (Birth to 18 months)

Song: I Can Do It by Myself

In this activity, you will play with your baby offering them opportunities to bang, point and discover a hidden object.

Materials

  • Song
  • Empty box(es)
  • Wooden spoon
  • Small baby safe toys (a rattle, a doll, a stuffed animal)

Desired Outcomes

  • Bonding and attachment
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Object permanence
  • Imitation of simple actions
  • Communication and language development
  • Baby’s sense of “I can do it”

Key Developmental Facts

  • Object permanence is the ability of your baby to understand that objects exist even if it cannot be seen. The first sign that a baby has acquired object permanence is their ability to play the game peek-a-boo.

Importance of Activity

  • In doing this activity with your baby, you will encourage them to look at you, imitate you and follow your lead. Your baby is eager to learn, explore, and discover new objects. Banging on the box with your baby and hiding items under it provides your baby the opportunity to obtain new cognitive skills. Your baby starts to understand that an object can exist even when “being away” (out of sight). Spending time with your baby, communicating and interacting while using readily available items is priceless!

Suggested Dialogue

  • Look at you! You are sitting so nicely!
  • What do we have here? You see, this is a box and here is a spoon.
  • Let’s make music together. Let’s bang on the box.
  • Do you like the sound? What happens when we bang softly or when we bang strongly?
  • I like to bang on the box and hear the sounds that we make together.
  • Your grip is so strong and tight. You hold the wooden spoon and you bang with it on the box.
  • Let’s see if I am going to hide this ______. Can you find it? Where did it go?
  • Oh! Look! The _______ is here underneath the box! Let’s do it again.
  • This is so fun to look for _________ and find it!

Instructions

  • Sit with your baby either in your lap or independently on a blanket on the floor.
  • Listen to the song, “I Can Do It by Myself,” with the baby while offering the baby an empty box and a wooden spoon to bang with.
  • Have a wooden spoon for yourself and demonstrate how to bang on the box and make noise
  • See the baby’s reaction (Is the baby startled? Is the baby following you?)
  • Encourage the baby to imitate the banging on the box. Take turns doing that.
  • Pay attention to how the baby holds and grips the spoon and how they bang on the box.
  • Following the banging on the box, take the spoon or a toy and hide it under the box.
  • Ask the baby in an animated voice: Where did this _______ go? Oh, Oh! Let’s see, where did it go?
  • Talk softly to the child too and use the suggested dialogue for ideas. Talking to your baby now helps them listen to verbal words and develop language skills.
  • See what the baby is doing, are they trying to retrieve the hidden item under the box?
  • Demonstrate finding the item under the box. Use your animated voice to announce and praise the discovery!
  • Repeat hiding and finding the hidden item as long as the baby is interested and responds excitedly.
  • You can use more than one box so the baby needs to pay attention to which box the item is hidden under.

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