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section 4


6-9 months



Let’s review:

Once the meeting starts, welcome everyone and ask the participants: • Who can help us remember what we talked about in our last meeting? • Who was able to do the activity at home that we asked you to do at the end of the meeting? How did it go? • Does anyone have questions or concerns after doing the activity?

What are we going to learn? How to play with 6-9 month-olds and help their physical and mental development.

Let’s talk about it! We are going to look at some pictures so we can talk about what we know about this topic.

Why do you think it is important that babies at this age play more? In your home, how have you noticed that six to nine month olds play?

What objects in and around the house can you give a six to nine month old to play with.

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“The baby wants to play” We are going to learn a few games that we can play with 6-9 month olds.

What we’ll need: • White sheets of paper

WHAT WE’LL DO: • Markers Have everyone sit in a circle and tell them: we are • A pail going to play “Baby says…” • Plastic toys • Tell them to do everything you say as long as you start your command with “baby says”, but if • Different siezes of containers you don’t say it they should stay still. • A mirror Now tell them: • Pots • Baby says to jump • Sheets • Baby says to cry • Baby says to drink your bottle • Run around the room (no one should move because you didn’t say “baby says”) • Baby says to hug each other • Get up and dance (no one should move because you didn’t say “baby says”) • Keep playing for a while longer and then ask the participants, did you like the game? How did you feel when we finished? What games do you remember playing when you where little? • Emphasize the importance of playing games during childhood and remind the group that playing is a right every child should have. • Next ask the participants to split into two groups and think of a game that they could play with a six to nine month old. • Give them each a sheet of paper and markers to write down or draw their game. • When they’re done give each group some time to share their game with the other group. other suggestions: If the group is having trouble thinking of games to play with 6-9 month-olds, you can give them a few ideas: • Get down on your hands and knees and pretend to chase him. You can set up some obstacles that don’t pose a threat to the baby and encourage him to get around them, you can become an obstacle as well. • Put some plastic toys in a bucket with a little bit of water and encourage the baby to play with them. • Sit with the baby in front of a mirror and make funny faces. Tickle the baby so that she can see herself smile.

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99 • Use some pots and pans as drums and find other things that make noise, • Play hide and go seek, hide under a cover and then pop out saying “here I am!” • Put a toy under a container and look for it together, when you find if congratulate him with applause and kisses.

Summing Up:

What did we learn today? Now, we’ll review what we discussed today. • How do you feel after this meeting? Why? • What are the two most important things you’ve learned today? • What will you do differently based on what you learned during the meeting? • What did you like the most? Are there things you didn’t like? • Do you have any remaining concerns or questions about what we talked about? To finish, what would you recommend to improve today’s meeting when we do it again with another group. (Explain that answering this question will help the meeting be even better in the future for parents with small children.)

To do at home:

Find things around the community that can be used as musical instruments. Don’t pick anything that could pose a threat to a young baby.

Basic information for the facilitator: Learning more about play: How to help a baby play: • Play is anything that stimulates their bodies and their senses to develop their thinking and intelligence. • As babies learn to crawl, they enjoy playing with things that move --catching, pulling, and chasing objects provide great enjoyment. Ordinary household objects seem to hold a particular attraction. • Babies at this age are especially interested in things that differ just a bit from what he already knows. Small changes in the objects he is familiar with help him to detect small differences between the familiar and the unfamiliar.

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100 • As soon as babies begin to crawl, they are off in search of new things to conquer. He will never get tired of dropping, rolling, throwing, submerging, or waving objects to find out how they behave. This is the child’s way of finding out how things and the world work. Like a good scientist, he is observing the properties of objects and from his observations he will develop ideas about shapes, textures, and sizes. • Objects that match a baby’s developmental stage with just the right amount of challenge and novelty are particularly pleasurable. For example, once he can crawl he will enjoy things that roll along. He will crawl after them, learn to push and chase them. • Once he learns to let things go voluntarily, two kinds of games become possible. He will enjoy throwing things, and he will also find pleasure in putting things into containers and emptying them out again. • As he learns about cause and effect, he will begin to enjoy simple musical instruments such as a drum. He likes the sound as well as the realization that it was his own action that produced it. • Games to play with babies at this stage include imitating sounds, peek-a-boo, bouncing, give and take games, animal sounds with soft toys, mirrors (adult and baby make funny faces in a mirror). Other developments during this stage: • Baby’s continuing observations during these months will help him to understand that objects continue to exist even when they are out of sight. This concept is called “object permanence.” At eight months, when a small object is hidden under a cloth, he will pick up the cloth and search for the object--a response that would not have occurred three months earlier. This innate curiosity that babies have helps them to learn and grow. • Babies can have the company of other children at this age however they do not have the skills to share.

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