The best manual activities with your baby

Since birth, your child has developed exponentially. All his senses were awakened. To accompany him in all these discoveries, you can offer him 7 easy manual activities taken from “Awakening games with my baby”, First edition.

You are looking for homemade activities to share a moment of communion with your child while waking him up. You are in the right place. Toddlers don’t need fancy toys to wake up to the world. With a few materials easily found in kitchen cupboards, and a little patience, you can be set up craft workshops at home. We share with you 7 awakening activities taken from the book “Wake up games with my baby”, First editions, to be produced from 4 months. These activities promote sensory development and/or dexterity.

It’s good to know in the preamble, sometimes activity doesn’t go to plan, it doesn’t matter if your baby is having fun. If you think he doesn’t want it, don’t force it. You will ask him again later. Be patient, watch your child move and you will learn more about the activity he needs.

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Very soft spaghetti (from 4 months)


  • Yarn (if possible, balls of different colors and textures)
  • A tray (or a tray, or a dish)

1 – Cut a long length of wool to make a small pile and place it on the tray or tray.
2 – If there are many colors, make several piles on the board to clearly distinguish the colors.

Procedure:You don’t have any specific instructions for this activity, it’s pure discovery, especially at this age! You can just let your child discover the very soft sensation under their fingers and savor the moment. You can optionally name the color he uses.

Awakening touch and sight

Plasticized lava (from 4 months)


  • A freezer bag
  • Food coloring • Oil and white vinegar

1 – Fill the sachet 3⁄4 full with oil.
2 – In another container, mix a little vinegar with food coloring.
3 – Using a pipette (you can use Doliprane), put a few drops of this mixture in the bag.
4 – Close the bag tightly, letting the air out.
5 – Add Scotch tape to the closure to ensure the bag is hermetically sealed.

If he still can’t sit up, place your baby on his stomach with support at armpit level,
and tape the bag to the floor. For older children, you can place the bag on a table or on a high chair. Then, let your child manipulate freely.

Stimulation of curiosity and development of the senses of touch and sight

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The ball whisk (from 6 months)


  • A kitchen whisk (or a sticky pet hair brush)
  • Pompoms or small balls
  • bowl

Insert a few pom poms into the whip to fill it up, slightly protruding so your baby can easily grab them at the start of the activity.
For small children, choose a silicone whip so that your baby does not hurt his fingers.
For a sticky brush, place a few pompoms all over the surface.

Place the whip in front of your baby and let him discover the object.
Then explain to him, showing him, that he needs to remove all the pompoms stuck to the whisk with his fingers to put them in the small bowl.

Trick :
If your child still puts everything in his mouth, you can replace the balls with your child’s little socks!

Strengthening fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and logic

Milk paint (from 6 months)

Another way of painting

A yogurt
2 containers
A white sheet
Liquid food coloring

Divide the yoghurt evenly between the 2 bowls.
Add 2 drops of different colored food coloring to each serving.
Mix well.
On a table or on the ground, place the yogurt containers and the white sheet.

Don’t give your child any special instructions at first, let him discover this new texture, feel the yoghurt between his fingers.
Then, explain or show him that he can apply this paint to the white sheet.
If you feel that putting paint on the leaf doesn’t interest him, that’s okay!

Yogurt is rotten! So, take a picture of his work of art, but throw the sheet away afterwards!

Benefits :
Development of touch and creativity, discovery of a new texture

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Chia seeds that stick to the hand (from 8 months)

Sensory development

Chia seeds
Some water
Liquid food coloring (optional)
Containers (bowls or dishes)

Place about 30 g of chia seeds in a bowl.
Cover with water.
Add 3 drops of liquid food coloring in the color of your choice.
Stir and let rest for 30 minutes.
Place the bowl on a table or on the floor.

Offer this new texture to your baby in a box. There are no special instructions for this activity, just let your baby discover the new texture under his fingers and have fun with it!
For older children, you can add a spoon and a glass if your child likes to do some decanting.

Trick :
For older children, add small figurines of insects or frogs; your child will be able to create a mini-world!

Awakening of the senses (touch), neurological construction of the diagram of his body

The milk box with holes (from 8 months)

Goodness of hand


  • An empty can of powdered milk
  • ice cream sticks
  • A cutter

In the plastic lid, make small notches the size of the sticks with your cutter.
Close the box with a perforated lid.
Place the box on the ground or on a table and place the sticks next to it.

Tell your child that he has to insert the sticks into the holes.
Then show him once so he understands how to do it, and then let him experiment for himself! Once he has put all the rods in the box, you can open it to show him that all the rods are inside to help him understand the permanent object.

Strengthening fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, understanding the principle of object permanence

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Woodpecker Woodpecker (from 12 months)

Goodness of hand


  • A small box
  • Toothpicks
  • A white sheet
  • A pen and markers
  • glue
  • A pair of scissors

Glue the white sheet to the cardboard box.
Draw (or print and glue) a little hedgehog on it.
Make several small holes with the lead of the pen in the crests of the animal.
Cut off the sharp ends of the toothpicks with scissors.
Place this box on a table with small toothpicks next to it.

Offer him the box and explain to him that he needs to push the toothpicks into the holes to give the hedgehog his little spikes!
You can sometimes show him how to stick a toothpick in a hole.

Strengthening fine motor skills, accuracy and hand-eye coordination

Early learning games with my baby, by Emilie Chaudriller, First editions, 8.95 euros

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