Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Have you played ball with your baby yet? It's a simple and fun way for a baby to learn to touch, catch, roll, squeeze, and toss an object. My baby girl loves to play ball and always guaranteed to bring a smile to her face.

Start with a plush ball like TAGGIES and eventually move onto cloth, foam, and rubber balls. Whether big or small, your baby will be amused by the ball's movement and interesting shape. Some balls have bells in them while others may light up.

A simple game can be sitting across from your baby and rolling the ball to him or her. Have a partner sit behind the baby and guide the baby's hands to the ball and to push the ball back to you. Eventually your baby will learn to do this independently. As your baby gets older, you can teach bouncing skills and different types of tosses. Ball games are great as they can be adapted for indoor or outdoor play.

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