Tower building is a great baby activity to develop your baby's motor skill and cognitive problem solving abilities. Of course, once it goes up, your baby will want it to come down! You will need larger (at least 5 inch sides) blocks, softer ones for a younger child. You can also make your own out of thin cardboard, just be sure to smooth any edges.
Sit your baby on the floor with all the blocks. Initially, you will probably need to help or build the tower yourself. Show him how you stack them one by one. As he gets older, encourage him to do it himself or alternate between you. Once the tower is three blocks or higher, let her knock it over and say, "All gone!" Repeat the activity until he gets weary of the game.
As your baby gets older and more adept at the activity, start using smaller blocks to help develop his dexterity even more. Also, you can use more complex designs (e.g. multiple blocks per level) to add more of a cognitive challenge. Don't forget to have fun!
Learning and Development Skills:
- Cognitive, Problem Solving and Memory
- Movement and Motor Skills