3+ | Surprise Sounds


Grab your baby's favorite noise maker -- a rattle or maraca work well -- and lie your baby down on their belly or back. Without allowing your baby to see the noisemaker, give it a gentle shake. Watch your little one shift their head in the direction of the noise. Be playful and encourage their efforts as you repeat this exercise with the noisemaker in different spots.

The Science

This activity enriches your baby's sensory experience while exercising motor skills. It will help your baby attune and respond to their everyday environment. In addition, as you engage in this playful activity, you are helping your little one learn to anticipate events in the future, which is essential for problem solving and critical thinking later on.