Playtime on the floor can feel tricky when you’re supervising a baby who can push their chest off the floor and roll around, but can’t yet crawl (between approximately 4-9 months). They are well on their way to developing the ability to crawl, but need some more time spent strengthening their core and upper body muscles!
One simple activity you can do to promote baby’s motor development at this stage is place a few baby-safe balls in a muffin tin and leave the rest to your curious baby! This was one of my go-to floortime activities during this stage because it was so simple to set up and it prompted so much exploration and motivation, two HUGE factors when it comes to infant motor development.
Playtime on the floor with a muffin tin and rattle balls encourages developmental skills such as hand-eye coordination (including reaching and grasping skills), strengthening of the core and upper body muscles needed for crawling, and problem solving for motor skills (aka-motor planning).
Watch the 1-minute video below to see this simple baby play activity in action!
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