Here are some new ideas for ways to play with a blanket:
- Out of sight but still there. Use a blanket to help your baby learn that if something or someone disappears from her sight, they still exist.
While she is watching, loosely wrap a toy in a blanket and see if she can manipulate the blanket to find it.
A new mix on peek-a-boo: toss the blanket over your head and say “Where am I?” Lean forward and see if your baby can pull the blanket off your head.
- Some things change shape. You can also show her how soft things can change shape. Stuff the blanket into a container, such as a large bowl or basket, and see if she is able to coordinate her hands to pull it out.
- Blanket gets it closer. Try putting a favorite toy on top of the blanket, then show your baby how you can pull the blanket towards you to get the toy closer. See if your baby wants to pull the blanket with the toy on top herself. Most babies start doing this between 8 and 10 months.
- Go for a ride. Give your baby a ride by having her balance on top of the blanket while you pull her gently across the floor. This is a great way for her to practice her balance while sitting up.
- Play baby Tug-of-War. See if your baby will pull on one end of the blanket as you gently pull on the other. You might need to show your baby how with a sibling or another adult. This game builds your baby’s balance and strength.