There comes a point when nothing amuses a baby so much as trying to bring his hands together. He or she looks from one hand to the other, moves each one, and then suddenly they’re touching and it’s time for patty-cake.
Appropriate for: 6 months to 1 year
Skills developed: Hand-eye coordination
What you’ll need: Two wooden sticks, such as long cylindrical blocks, drumsticks, or kitchen spoons
Exploit the “handy” impulse by giving your baby a wooden stick or spoon to hold in each hand and showing him or her how to clack them together. At first there will be plenty of misses, but soon your baby will get a rhythm going, and the satisfaction of each noisy contact will be enough entertainment to get through many a diaper change.