6 months is an exciting time when it comes to babies. There are dozens of milestones you have already hit, like starting to transition over to solid food and exciting changes in how your baby interacts with the world.
Now that your little one should be sitting up on their own, drinking water, and responding to their name, you can start playing a little bit more to help them learn more about the world around them.
We have compiled a list of 27 fun activities to do with a 6 month old baby that will help you decide exactly what games to play today, tomorrow, and maybe even a few months from now!
Let’s get busy!
While it might be a bit early to introduce horticulture, letting your baby play out in the dirt is an excellent way to introduce the outside world to them while bolstering their immune system. Let them smell flowers, touch grass, and look up at the sky.
2. Play Peek-a-Boo With a Blanket
Peek-a-Boo is a classic way to entertain a baby, and you don’t need much to do it. But instead of using your hands all the time, which your baby will soon figure out, why not mix things up and try blanket peek-a-boo instead?
You can play peek-a-boo safely while on the bed. Make sure the little one is protected by some pillows in case they fall backwards. Take a blanket and put it over your head, saying, “where am I?” Once you think the baby is intrigued, pull the blanket away from your face and say, “peek-a-boo.” You can cover the baby with the blanket too.
3. Stacking Blocks
It’s time to teach your baby the wonders of stacking things up and knocking them down. At 6 months old, brightly colored blocks are a wonderful toy to have. Playing with blocks doesn’t require a lot, though you might want to show your baby what is possible by guiding their hands to stack the blocks while saying which colors the blocks are. Even if the baby can’t get stacking on their own, the visual and bright colors will keep them entertained for a while.
4. Water Games in the Bathtub
All you need is a bathtub for this one. Since babies can sit up without support around 6 months old, you can use water to help strengthen their stomachs and help with general dexterity without overtaxing them—thanks to the buoyancy of water. Simply place your baby in the bath water with some toys that bob up and down. Let them splash around, drive the toys, and have a good time. You can even make noises with the toys to make them laugh.
Gassy baby? Lay them down and cycle their legs around in circles to help their digestions and work out some of that gas. You can also make car noises or “steer” them left and right while bicycling their legs.
6. Rolling Balls
Sit your baby up across the room and grab a few balls that can roll across the room without stopping. Then, send one ball over to your baby, and another, and another. Eventually, you want some balls stopped just out of reach, so you can roll another into the cluster and send them moving all at once. Next, teach your baby how to do the same. Take turns trying to roll the ball.
7. Finger Food and Art
If you don’t mind the mess, whip up some brightly colored purees out of foods like blueberries, strawberries, avocado, carrots, sweet potato, and more. Not only will your baby love feeling the squishiness and smearing it all over, but it’s a fun way for them to learn about textures, tastes, smells, and colors.
Though full-out aerobics are out of the question, you can take hold of your baby’s arms and legs and move them in time with groovy music. It helps if you’re wiggling around and singing too.
9. Hold, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Similar to above, you can use your own hands or guide your baby’s hands to various points around the body singing things like, “head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees, and toes.” Or, “There’s your head! There’s your belly! There’s your nose!” Trying switching up how you say various body parts, growing more excited with each one.
10. Rhyming and Dancing
6 month old babies can be quite giggly, even if they don’t really understand what is going on. If you want to joke around, nothing is better than rhyming and dancing. Help get your baby singing and moving as you sing nursery rhymes like “patty cake, patty cake,” and others. It helps if you can move your baby’s hands, making sounds like “whoosh,” “swoosh,” and so on. Dance around with them too. Soon you’ll both be giggling.
11. Tug o’ War
If you have a lightweight strip of fabric, like a pashmina or something similar, you can dangle it in front of you baby, watching them grab for it. Have the fabric just high enough so they can’t reach it. You can also tickle the top of their with it. Then, after teasing them, let your baby grab hold and have a gentle round of tug o’ war.
12. Taste Test
Curious babies also have curious mouths. Teach them about different flavors by lining up slices of fruit, like oranges, apples, bananas, lime, and lemon. You’ll see a broad range of reactions, especially if they haven’t had things like lemon yet.
13. Read Stories
Nothing prompts a child to start using their imaginations like a good book. You can even help them develop the skills they need to start speaking and understanding basic language patterns. If you’re bilingual or a polyglot, you might even want to grab up a few children’s books written in different languages to read to your baby. If the book is brightly colored with pictures, that’s great—but at 6 months old, even simply hearing a story is sometimes more than enough.
Here’s a simple trick to astound: Turn the light off in a room and flick on a flashlight. Then turn off the flashlight and turn on the light. Do this a few times before transitioning to shadow puppets or asking questions like, “Where did the light go? There it is!”
15. The Rattling Box
Want a DIY sensory project for a rainy day? Consider making a rattling box or two. Fill small containers (they should be big enough for your baby to grasp but light enough to pick up) with things that make noise when shaken, like sand, rice, and other lightweight objects. First, you shake the box, then hand it over to your baby to see if they can replicate the movement to make the sound. Keep repeating the process, making surprised sounds every time you get the box to rattle. Soon, your baby will understand that shaking the box causes the sound to happen, helping them understand things like how sound and motion can be related.
16. Baby Massage
Massaging your baby is easy! Just take some coconut oil or natural massage oil and give them a rub down! It’s the perfect way to bond while relaxing your baby.
17. Dance Around in Front of the Mirror
Who doesn’t love donning their birthday suits and shimmying around in front of the mirror? You can do this before hopping into the shower together or anytime you want to show your baby their reflection.
If you live somewhere that has pleasant weather, amaze your baby with bubbles. A perpetual childhood favorite, bubbles can astound and delight children, especially when they float around in various sizes and pop when touched. The best part is that this kind of play is excellent for helping developing the senses, such as eyesight. Babies also learn how to track objects and coordinate hand-eye movements.
Make sure the shower is on the gentlest spray before getting into the shower with your baby. Cradle them in your arms and let the water hit your from the side. Let them grab for the spray. If it’s summertime, this is also a great way to cool down or rinse off dirt after playing around outside.
20. Ask Questions
You won’t get much of an answer from your baby, but that’s okay. Ask a question anyway. See if they make a noise in response. Then, you can mimic that sound. Keep repeating, mimicking whatever they say or continue talking as if they had answered with a real answer. Be sure to maintain eye contact, too.
21. Bouncing Around
Stand your baby up, helping them strengthen their legs. Then, while holding onto their waist, make them bounce around. Add in sound effects to have them laughing in no time.
While you are doing random things around the house with your baby, you can start teaching them about sizes. To do so, take their hands and say, “How big is this (object)?” Then use their hands to make a gesture while saying, “About this big!” The same can be down for “how small?”, “how high?” or “how low?”
23. Funny Faces
Whether in a mirror or face-to-face, nothing gets a baby making hilarious expressions like making exaggerated expressions together. If you have other family members around, you can have everyone do the same emotion and pass the baby around. See if you can get them to smile, laugh, or even start mirroring what you do. Conversely, you can mirror your child’s expressions and see what happens.
24. Toy On A String
Tie a string to a toy that can move, such as a wooden or plastic car. Set it in front of your baby then give it a tug. Your baby will be wowed by how the car can move on its own. After perplexing them for a bit, you can show them how to hold the string to move the car as well. Don’t leave the baby alone with the string, though!
25. Crunches For You and Baby
Trying to be a fit mom? This one’s for you. Sit your baby on your lap, folding your legs so that your knees can support their head. You should be at the top of your sit-up position. From there, hold onto your baby’s arms and lower your legs, helping them lower back with your legs. Draw back up your legs then do a sit-up on your own. Repeat extending your legs and doing crunches so the two of you get a workout.
26. Voice Acting
Do you know some interesting accents or can you do impersonations? It doesn’t matter whether you’re good at it or not. What matters is that the voices you use are different from what your baby is used to. Try high-pitched voices, squeaky ones, and even the deepest you can get. Not only will your baby laugh, but they will start to understand various tones and sounds.
Similar to “Got Your Nose,” the Boop game is simple but effective. All you need to do is poke somewhere on your baby’s body, like the tip of their nose or their finger, and say, “Boop.” Next, guide their finger to somewhere on you and say, “Boop.” Switch up your voices, too, as well as your reactions. Soon, your baby won’t need assistance when returning the boop.
6 month old babies are a lot of work, but one thing that doesn’t have to be challenging is keeping them entertained. As long as you involve your baby in fun moments, like dancing around in front of the mirror, singing songs, splashing around in the bathtub, or even running their fingers over the front lawn, you can teach them so much without spending much time or money doing it. The most important part is to have fun, too, because babies will learn so much more when the both of you are laughing together.