Activities For 7 Month Old That Will Bring Loads Of Fun And Learning

activities for 7 month old

At about seven months old, your baby is more active, more aware of their surroundings, and developing fine motor skills like hand-eye coordination and showing their personality. 

Looking for play ideas or a fun activity to do together is a great idea to keep your baby interested in learning, as well as nurturing those developmental milestones that are so important.

In this article, we’ll discuss your child’s development and ways to encourage more cognitive development by using their ever-growing cognitive skills in the form of activities that babies love.

With any luck, you’ll find lots of inspiration to keep your baby smiling, learning, and growing!

Activities for 7 month old

Essential skills are developed throughout our lives, but if you’ve seen your baby learn and observe how their faces light up at having mastered a new motor skill, you know that building a love for learning through play is essential.

The first step is to understand what sorts of games and activities for seven-month-old babies are appropriate based on their development. Once you know what your child can do, the developmental activities and the fun can follow.

What can a 7 month old baby do?

It doesn’t seem that long ago that you brought your little one home from the hospital, where they looked up at you, cooed, ate, peed, pooped, and slept around the clock. Those were cute days, but the learning started and hasn’t stopped.

At just seven months, your child has come a long way from those first days and even months of life. Planning activities to help them grow and develop is a significant next step. 

But you first need to know what they’re capable of at this age.

The average 7 month old baby should be able to:

  • Have some mobility (crawling, scooting, rolling, etc.)
  • Sit without help
  • Can hold their weight on their legs when supported
  • Can get on all fours and may rock in a back-and-forth motion
  • Variations of facial expressions that reflect their feelings
  • Can make sounds and babble

activities for 7 month old

7 month old toys

Now that you know what things your little one can do, it’s time to start thinking about some toys you can use for their development and playtime. 

While most babies love simple toys and are happy with almost anything, some are highly recommended.

1. Brightly colored blocks

Wooden or plastic blocks that are bright colors can help hold the attention of your little one, as well as encourage activities like stacking objects, which helps with coordination and the development of the small muscles in the hand, fingers, and wrist.

At this point, your baby should have developed full-color vision, meaning they can finally see in the full spectrum of colors, just like an older kiddo or an adult.

This means that you can use these blocks for lots of activities as your baby gets older. You can have them stack the blocks according to color, group them in twos or threes, and as they approach school age, you can even have them put the blocks next to colors that form new colors on the color wheel.

These are toys that are truly endless when it comes to learning possibilities. You just have to be able to get a bit creative and think outside the box to use them to engage your child’s brain fully and expand their attention span as your kiddo gets older.

2. Bath toys

Water play is great, and it has multiple functions. You can ensure that your child stays clean while learning new skills in the tub.

You can find simple plastic toy boats, stackable cups, toys that light up and spray water, and more. Ensure that you keep these clean, as most toys with openings exposed to water can be a breeding ground for mold and other bacteria.

3. A mirror

There’s no better way for your child to start to recognize their own facial features than a mirror. A small hand mirror that is plastic is a great place to start. 

You can start by identifying the facial features such as the eyes, nose, ears, mouth, tongue, etc.

4. Books

It is a great idea to have story time with your baby, even if they can’t focus on or understand the plot. Developing a love for reading can start very early, and pictures with bright colors or even black and white photos can hold a baby’s interest for quite some time.

5. Activity center

There are many different types of activity centers that you can choose from to purchase. From the very simple to the very ornate, there’s one out there that fits every budget. 

You can find some that are very sensory, complete with making sounds and even identifying the colors, to some that don’t do anything but spin, have buttons, and other finger-friendly features.

Games to play with a seven month old

No one will expect a seven-month-old baby to start playing chess or poker. But games are not entirely out of the question. Keeping it simple is key, and keeping it fun is the best way to learn.

The following are some simple and fun games you can play with a little one of this age that you can expand upon as they age.

1. Family picture game

You can build upon this sweet activity as your little one ages, but you can start on a very simple scale.

Print out clear photos of the most influential people in your child’s life. You, your spouse, any siblings that your baby has, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and even family pets.

It may be best to put these photos on thick card stock and laminate them to survive drooping, overly aggressive little fingers, and normal wear and tear.

Start showing these photos to your little one and identifying the people in them. Repeat the names of the people over and over so that your infant will start to better associate the names with the familiar faces in the photos.

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Over time, your kiddo will start to talk and use the names that correspond with the people in the photos. 

You can add various levels of difficulty to this game by asking your infant to point to all of the people who live in your house, then all of the people who live in your sibling’s house, then all the grandparents, etc.

Asking questions about the people in the photos is a great way to spark conversation, and giving clues to your little one so that they can identify specific photos helps them with memory recall and context clues.

2. Peek a boo

Peek-a-boo is even more fun at this age when object permanence has taken hold. This means that your little one understands that even though they cannot see something, it is still there.

Playing this very simple game with your babies can encourage fun, laughs, and mimicry as your baby starts to “hide” from you.

3. Tummy time

Tummy time is vital as your little one builds core strength. A 7-month-old baby may not be crawling yet, but the need to build up the strength to do it will come from lots of tummy time.

Placing things on the floor in front of your baby can help them to pull themselves up from the floor and then hold themselves up.

4. Blowing bubbles

Getting some nontoxic bubble mixture and blowing bubbles in front of your little one is a great way to encourage your baby to reach for things that are just out of their grasp. This is good for hours of fun, and it’s very inexpensive.

activities for 7 month old

Sensory activities for 7 month old

Sensory play is fundamental for little ones. Babies learn through their senses, and your baby’s attention will be better held if they can explore new textures and sensory objects. 

Everyone from medical professionals to child psychologists swear by giving infants sensory experience to aid development.

The following are great sensory toys and activities to help your infant learn and grow.

1. Interactive books

Interactive books that allow little ones to lift flaps or push a button to make different sounds are great for learning and holding the interest of a 7 month old baby. 

You may need to help them gently pull flaps on board books since they still have little control over their strength at this age.

2. Household objects

It may sound simple, or even a bit cheap, but some of the best toys you can give your little one to play with are items from your house that you already own.

Allowing them to explore different shapes, textures, and sounds using things you already have around the house is a great way to encourage learning.

Think pots and pans, paint brushes, combs, a fuzzy sock, a rubber duck, and other objects with different shapes and textures. Just remember always to supervise play with their favorite toys of this nature closely to avoid injury.

3. Tissue box play

A simple box of tissues is an excellent way for your little one to use their fine motor skills. If you don’t mind a bunch of tissues all over the place, that is!

This is simple and fun for your infant, and you can stuff the tissues right back into the box when you’re done.

Helping your baby reach milestones

Parents worry that they aren’t providing their baby with enough stimulation or the best toys in the world and are often oblivious that some of the best things you can do with your little one cost no money. 

Start clapping and singing, sit and make sounds, and give your little one a ball to roll.

We want our babies to grow and have the skills to get them somewhere great in life, but the best ideas are often the simplest. 

Parents can use the things around them to encourage this, and hopefully, this article has helped you find ways to instill new skills in your little one without all the bells and whistles.

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