Source: Zero to Three
As your grandchild approaches 6 to 9 months, you can start to play peek-a-boo. Most babies really enjoy this game! When you pop out from behind a towel or your hand, say, “HI!” When you are about to disappear, wave and say, “BYE!” By putting words to your actions, over time your grandbaby will begin to understand their meaning. She might even start saying them herself!
If you child is a little bit older you can adapt this activity to Hello, Goodbye:
Make a tunnel from a large cardboard box by opening both ends. Your grandchild can be at one end of the tunnel. You sit at the opposite end. Peek your face in the tunnel and say, “Hi!” Then lean away from the tunnel (so your grandchild can’t see you) and say, “Bye!” Does your grandchild try to communicate with you by crawling to find you, or by making sounds to copy your “hi” and “bye?” This activity encourages language, problem-solving, and physical skills as your grandchild figures out how to locate you.
Recommended Age: Birth-2 year olds
Activity Type: Offline Activity
Key Concepts: Language Development, Problem-Solving, Gross Motor Development
Alignment: IT-LC, IT-C 6, IT-PMP
Given the school closures, CTB is sharing daily activities (digital and physical) that are standards-aligned and developmentally appropriate for preschoolers. Also see our research-backed assessment and learning games for parents and children.