3+ | Catching Birds


Pick up a small object that can dangle – a piece of jewelry or a thick piece of ribbon works well – and hold it over your baby’s head as if it is a bird flying. Depending on your baby’s age encourage your little one to reach for the “bird," or, more simply, encourage them to track the bird with their eyes. Narrate to your baby as you do this exercise.

The Science

This exercise helps strengthen visual-motor coordination. Not only is visual-motor coordination important as your baby learns to walk and draw, but it also underlies aspects of social health. Developing this skill can help your child connect and empathize with others as they get older.