Developmental games benefit your child both mentally and physically. Games that deal with matching colours and shapes, and involve listening to different music and sounds help develop your baby’s cognitive and sensory skills. While activities like hide-and-seek and pushing-pulling objects, help in bettering your little one’s physical abilities.
Start early and start quick. Your baby’s hearing skills are the first to develop. It develops from the time s/he is inside the womb. To make sure that your little one gets used to different noises and music, play different kinds of music to your baby. Also read out aloud to your baby. Your little one may not be able to understand what you are saying, but s/he will no doubt be amused to see your read out in using different pitches, tones, and expressions. All these small activities go a long way in bettering your child’s hearing, processing, and cognitive skill development.
As far as your little one’s visual sensation goes, s/he will at first only be able to see nearby objects. It is advisable to introduce bright colours and different geometric shapes to your baby. With time, you can play shape-matching games and building block games. At first s/he may struggle to grasp things, but with time your baby’s firm grasp will develop, his/her pincer grasp will develop, and your baby will be able to pass things from one hand to another and also bang them and throw them. Your baby will learn how to use his/her fingers, clench his/her fists, and become good at other such neuron activities.
Sometime around the eight months, your baby will try to pull himself/herself up and lunge forward. You can then try introducing games like hide-and-seek. Soon your baby will also learn about the permanence and impermanence of things. And s/he will also learn to recognise his/her own image in the mirror. With this realisation, your baby will also start realising that s/he is a different entity on his own with his individual feelings and movements that s/he can control.
There are a wide variety of games that one can choose from. Some may involve movement, while some may be excellent time pass activities for your baby – but they will all contribute in teaching and inculcating basic skills of both mental and physical kind to your young one.