Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for “rookie” parents, “third-time’s-the-charm” parents, or even “been-there-done-that” grandparents? You’re in luck! Gryphon House is counting down our favorite picks for parents. Whether you’re looking to spice up a holiday road trip, explore some exciting art activities, or bring out your baby’s “baby smarts,” we’ve got a book for that!
Your baby can play and learn wherever you go – on the road, in the air, out to dinner, or back at home! Go Anywhere Games for Babies is a handy little book packed with learning and bonding games designed for each stage of your baby’s first year.
Develop your baby’s listening skills on the go:
High and Low (for 0-3 months)
One of the newborn’s most highly developed abilities is responding to sound, including the difference between high and low-pitched sounds.
- Hold you baby close to you and say her name in a soft, high-pitched voice. For example, “Susie, Susie, I love you.”
- Next say the same words in a soft, low-pitched voice.
- Alternate between high and low several times.
Develop your baby’s body awareness on the go:
The Kissing Game (for 3-6 months)
Hold your baby in your arms and recite the poem, kissing each part of the body named as you sing each line:
Kissy, kissy fingers,
Kissy, kissy toes,
Kissy, kissy baby,
On your kissy nose.
I love to kiss your fingers,
I love to kiss your toes,
I love to kiss my baby,
On your kissy nose.
Develop your baby’s motor skills on the go:
Fast Food Fun (for 6-9 months)
To entertain your baby while at a restaurant, make a simple toy for them to play with.
- Take the lids from several drinking cups and put them on one straw, leaving space between each lid.
- Show your baby how to take the lids off and put them on again.
- Let the baby try it by herself.
Develop your baby’s language skills on the go:
The Snail (for 9-12 months)
- Cup one hand. While reciting the poem, creep the fingers of the other hand into the cupped one.
Hand in hand you see us well,
Creep like a snail into his shell,
Ever nearer, ever nearer,
Ever closer, ever closer,
Very snug indeed your dwell,
Snail within your tiny shell.
- Cup your hand and let your baby creep your fingers into it.
- Show your baby how to cup her hand. Creep your fingers into it.