Coming up with activities to do with older infants can be so challenging. Finding an activity that is beneficial to the child's development and engages the child can be near impossible at this age. Here are some ideas our infant teachers use to continuously be encouraging the development of each child's individual goals.
Below you can see our infant teacher made a sensory hula hoop. They tied patterned cloth, plastic rings, loofas, and rattles on the hoop for the children to explore. They set the child in the middle of the hoop and allowed the child to explore the hoop. This encourages their natural curiosity and confidence in experiencing new things. It also helps encourage movement like, rolling onto their side or belly, and grabbing for the sensory items.
We love using light projectors to entertain our children. The children find it so fascinating and it helps with their visual tracking skills. If you don't have a light projector, bubbles are another great way to practice visual tracking.
The wooden mobile you can see in the back is a tool we use to entertain the infants. The teachers are constantly changing the items hanging from the mobile to keep the children from getting bored of one item. We also utilize toys like balls and bead necklaces (requires supervision) to encourage tummy time.