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Activities with building blocks

Duration: any

Age: toddler

Skill for Bub: Muscle builder, Hand/eye coordination, Mind builder


Encourage hand/eye coordination with basic building games.

Babies aged 6-12 months are able to reach out for objects using only their fingers. They can also hold objects easily and pass them from one hand to another. Encourage fine movement development by showing them how to stack blocks one on top of the other and placing them side by side. This will also teach them about volume.

Allow your baby to handle them, shake them in containers, push them about and place them in a basket. They will also love knocking the bricks over and banging them together. This will take some practice so don’t worry if it takes them a few weeks to master the skill. Use this time to talk to your baby about the different colours and shapes of the blocks. Also demonstrate cause and effect by helping them build a tower and calling out “they all fall down” as they knock it to the ground.