There comes a point when nothing amuses a baby so much as trying to bring his hands together. He looks from one hand to the other, moves each one, and then suddenly they're touching and he's ready for patty-cake.
Appropriate for: 6 months to 1 year
Skills developed: Hand-eye coordination
What you'll need: Two wooden sticks, such as long cylindrical blocks, drumsticks, or kitchen spoons
Exploit the "handy" impulse by giving your baby a wooden stick or spoon to hold in each hand and showing him how to clack them together. At first he'll miss as often as he hits, but soon he'll get a rhythm going, and the satisfaction of each noisy contact will keep him happy through many a nappy change.
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