Exploring Permanence Of Objects
At first babies think that people just appear and disappears. They need to learn that things still exist even thought they are out o sight. This awareness helps babies feel more comfortable about their parents’ temporary absence. Games that teach this intelligence are:
- Peek-a-boo, hide and seek
- Dropping thing and watching where they go
- Tying a toy to the end of a string and dropping it behind a couch, then slowly pulling it into view
- Hiding things in a pan of corn meal for baby to find
- Watching things being hidden under a scarf for baby to find
- Wrapping a toy in paper while baby watches and then letting baby open it
- Pushing something through a cardboard (paper towel or mailing) tube and watch it comes out the other end.
Eye Control and Vision
Baby’s first visual awareness is a blur of color and motion out of which detail begin to emerge. You can encourage your baby to learn control over the six muscles that control each eye and to coordinate the movement of both eyes together
- Place baby in various locations to broaden the scope of visual perception: on the living room floor, in an infant seat on the kitchen table, in a cozy corner of the couch
- Take your child on a tour of the house, pointing out one thing and another.
- Make faces up close to your child and then move your face slowly in various directions (side to side, back and forth, near and far)
- Hang things like wind chimes, scarves and mobiles to encourage eye scanning
- Put a birdfeed outside baby’s window
- Put interesting design or picture on a wall near the crib.