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0-6 months

0-6 MONTHS

Why We Play This Game This position gives him the sensation of being in the crawling position. By supporting his chest and stabilising his legs, he will be able to reach out with one hand. This will give him the experience of moving his weight to the side, which is needed to crawl 

Why We Play This Game 

Moving him through the air in different directions helps him develop the right muscles which will allow him to roll, sit and stand in the future. We play this game in the air so that his movements are not restricted by the floor. This game will also give him a better understanding of the space around him and his movement possibilities

Why We Play This Game 

All movement starts with the head so by encouraging him to follow the toy with his eyes and his head, he will start to learn to roll onto his back by himself

6-12 MONTHS

Why We Play This Game 

Taking the stickers off her face will require her to feel her face for where the sticker is located (this is difficult when looking at a mirror image). Once she has felt it she will have to take it off using a small accurate pinch 

Why We Play This Game 

As she becomes more aware of the world around her she will begin to understand that certain actions cause certain things to happen. This is the development of the cause and effect concept. At this age she will become fascinated by the power that she has over the things around her. This includes you, she cries and you react! 

Why We Play This Game Pulling on the ribbons strengthens the muscles in her arms. She is also learning about cause and effect as she starts to understand what happens if she pulls on the ribbons 

12-18 MONTHS

Why We Play This Game

Now that his walking is improving, it’s time to get some heavy work in to build up the muscle strength in his shoulders, tummy, back and hips. This game is a great way for him to work on balance and strength  

Why We Play This Game 

Because the objects are small he will start picking them up with his thumb and the next two fingers which will help develop the grip he will need for writing one day

Why We Play This Game 

This game provides different movement experiences. Leaning forward over the ball and reaching down while upside down is a completely new way to coordinate the eyes and hands

18-24 MONTHS

Why We Play This Game 

Experiencing different feelings on his hands will help him understand the different amount of force he needs to use to get a job done. Having his hands covered will also create more awareness of how big his hands are and how they can have an effect when they move

Why We Play This Game 

By feeding you and the dinosaur she is learning to take turns. First it is dinosaur’s turn and then it’s your turn to have some food. Turn taking is an important social milestone. Although she is not yet ready to understand turn taking herself she can learn about it in this fun way

18-24 MONTHS

Why We Play This Game

She will need to use her hands and eyes together for this game. She will have to watch the toy go up and down to be able to coordinate her body properly to throw her arms up. Her two hands will also need to work together so that the teddy flies up

All games have been developed by Occupational Therapists 

All games are tried & tested by many parents, nannies, grandparents etc. 

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