By around the eighth month, your baby will be extremely mobile. He/she will be crawling around, pulling herself up, and the adventurous one will even try to take her first step. This is also the time when he/she will start initiating games and be in a forever playful mood.
Your baby will start initiating simple games around the last quarter of the first year. So far, you have been the one who has goaded her into playing with soft toys and building blocks and he/she has hesitatingly or unhesitatingly complied.
But once your baby’s mental and physical development is on track, he/she will experience a new found joy and amusement while being occupied with simple games.
So much so, that many a times you will see your baby initiating games. He/she will not be able to communicate directly with you, but will give clues to show her interest.
Peek-a-boo: A lot of babies like to take their blankets and put them over their heads. They then pull them back to see their parents’ smiling faces. Your baby will love it if you say things like, “Where did my baby go?”
You can also try initiating this game by covering her eyes and giving out different expression every time you take your hands off them.
Playing hide-and-seek is also a great idea with your baby during this time, as by now he/she has developed the clarity to follow objects around and also has also begun to understand object permanence, the concept that an object or person still exists even after leaving her line of sight.
You may even see your baby initiating some crawling-related games. Being hunted (if he/she crawls or walks) can be really popular. He/she will try to play out the scene where he/she is running from you and is out of your reach. If you appear sporting and give the impression that he/she is gone too far and is beyond your reach, or you cannot catch up with her pace, then he/she would again find this game very amusing.
He/she will also enjoy himself playing with toys at this time. Anything from building block, to crayons, to small miniature cars (especially the push back kinds) would catch her fancy. He/she would point out to them signalling you to bring them to her and then play with them. Try to encourage your baby to at times go to the toys and fetch them on her own.
That way her desire to play games as well as your intention to keep her mobile and active will both work out well.