By this age, you may notice your baby searching for sound sources, listening closely to speech and other sounds and also trying to make new sounds. Animal sound games are a good way to expose your baby to new sounds! Plus, he will have so much fun trying to find where that sound is coming from.
- a highchair
Step 1: Secure your little one in his highchair and give him a minute to settle in by talking to him in simple sentences. You might even say:
We’re going to play a game with animal sounds! It’s going to be so much fun!
Step 2: Once he is focused on something other than your face, move out of his view and make a simple animal sound like Hoo, hoo.
Step 3: After he looks around to find you, acknowledge his gaze and tell him the name of the animal that makes that sound.
I Found You! The owl says hoo.
Here are some simple, one-syllable animal sounds you can use for this game:
- Hoo, hoo—I Found You! The owl says hoo
- Sss, sss—I Found You! The snake says sss
- Moo, moo—I Found You! The cow says moo
- Baa, baa—I Found You! The sheep says baa
Step 4: Repeat by using the same animal sound and/or adding in another animal sound until he signals that she is done.