Think outside the box

Playing with toys may seem like fun and games, but it can also help rev up baby’s fine motor skills.

Reach + grab
Your wee one practices hand-eye coordination as he reaches for playthings with tabs or textures. Toys that make sounds, like a rattle or a soft book that crinkles, can also entice your tot to make a move.

Put + take
Shape sorters—or even a bucket filled with balls—encourage your little guy to place something into a container and then empty it out. You might be surprised by how content he’ll be to do it again and again (and again).

Stack + tumble
Building with blocks helps perfect baby’s grasp and also lets him get the hang of how to move the pieces to a specific spot (like one on top of another, for example, or into a straight line). When he knocks down his architectural masterpiece, he begins to get a sense of cause and effect.

Note: It takes some time for little ones to fine-tune their motor skills, so if your babe hasn’t quite mastered fitting the triangle piece into the triangle hole, take heart: There’s still plenty of time to learn. If you’re concerned your child’s development is delayed, bring it up at his next pediatrician appointment.

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