Our little boy had his 7 month birthday last week. It seems like he grows every time I blink! I remember looking at the clothes he’s wearing now and thinking, “No, I can’t imagine him growing that big.” Now I look back at those newborn onesies and I’m amazed that he was ever that small!
Playing with our little pumpkin is so fun. He’s very curious, and I can almost see him learning as we play. I’m including a few of our favorite games below. Feel free to add your own favorite games in the comments below. I’m on the look-out for more! 🙂
I think this is my top favorite. We do the actions, which always end in end in tickling Andrew, and I love seeing the anticipation in Andrew’s face. He knows what Mommy’s going to do, and he giggles so hard when he gets into it!
- Pop Up
Remember these toys? Andrew got one for Christmas, and it’s one of his favorites right now. He can’t make the little animals pop up yet, but he loves watching Mommy and Daddy do it. You can just see his mind trying to figure it out!
Andrew is close to crawling now. He doesn’t really use his knees yet; instead, he alternates between pulling himself forward with his hands and pushing himself forward with his toes. It’s so fun to watch! I’ve been using playtime to encourage his crawling – I grab some of his favorite toys and put them in a line on the carpet. He starts at one end and inches toward the nearest toy until he can reach forward and play with it. Soon, he’ll get tired of that one and start inching for the next. He really gets a work-out with this game!
- Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall!
We have a vanity mirror that Andrew loves to play with. He touches the glass, trying to reach the baby on the other side. He can never quite reach him though – the other baby’s hand always gets in the way!
There are some times when I need a place for Andrew to play by himself for a while, and that’s when I pull out my laundry basket. We put a soft towel in the bottom for him to sit on, and his favorite blanket gets draped over the basket. With a few toys tossed in, he can usually sit in the corner of the basket and amuse himself for good ten minutes. I love this trick because I can move the basket to whatever room I’m working in. He can see me and play, I can see him and work, everybody is happy. 🙂
What’s your favorite game to play with the kiddos? I would love to hear about it! 🙂