Every baby loves to laugh, as everything is new to them. Play, music, tickle, all this serves to make them laugh, in addition to developing cognition. If you want to take advantage of all these benefits, make your child laugh by following our tips!
Method 1 of 4: Playing Simple Games
Step 1. Do something out of the ordinary
As early as nine months of age, babies can tell when something has gone out of its way.
- If you put a pot on the head, for example, the child will immediately realize that something is not right and will burst out laughing.
- Make faces. Widen your eyes, stick out your tongue, stick your teeth out, make your funniest faces to get a smile out of the little one.
- Six-month-old babies love this kind of play. In addition to grimacing, you can also make weird noises to make them laugh.
- If you want them not to stop laughing, change your face all the time.
- Laugh along with them.
Step 2. Make funny moves
Dance, clap your hands, or do any other gesture that makes your baby laugh.
- Use a hand puppet. Make him dance and sing and the child will surely not resist.
- If you make strange hand movements, the child will notice. Anything out of the ordinary will make her laugh.
Step 3. Make strange noises or sing
Little babies love unexpected sounds and this is a very effective way to get their attention.
- Sing a song. It can be anything that involves bodily movements, like "The Spider Owner" or "Cute Mouse".
- Make a funny noise. Kids love weird, silly sounds like fart noise. Go on making different ones and see how your baby reacts to them.
- They also love animal noise, so it's worth imitating a dog or a kitten.
- Watch your tone of voice, as you could end up scaring the baby.
Step 4. Make more physical games, filled with noise
This type of game helps to strengthen the bond between you and your little baby, as well as making him laugh and make him more relaxed.
- Tickle. Every child loves tickling, but be careful not to overdo it, so that he doesn't get angry.
- Play tag. If the baby is crawling on the floor, squat down and run after him. Laugh all the time, so he understands it's a joke.
- Give the child little kisses and blow her belly. It's impossible not to get a good laugh out of the baby by blowing his cheeks or his belly. You can also kiss your little toes and hands, tickling.
- Steal the child's nose. Pretend you took it between your fingers and that your thumb is her nose. She will definitely have a good laugh.
Method 2 of 4: Playing Hide and Seek
Step 1. Start playing whenever your baby is in a good mood
The same goes for you, too.
- From an early age, they laugh when they hear someone else laugh.
- Most start laughing out loud around three or four months of age.
- The babies laugh in response to bright colors, toys and the sound of other laughs.
Step 2. Very young babies have a lot of fun with simple games
Furthermore, hide-and-seek helps to develop their concept of object permanence from six months of age onwards.
- Object permanence is the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be seen, heard, or touched.
- In addition, play also helps in cognitive development.
- This can be a great opportunity for your little ones to play together.
Step 3. Show the baby an object
Ideally, it should be his toy.
- Leave the item with him for a minute or two.
- After that time, cover it with a cloth. If the baby has already developed the concept of object permanence, he will pull you to pick up the toy.
- If it doesn't, pull the cloth and smile. Normally, seeing the object reappear makes the baby laugh.
Step 4. Do the same with your face
Start talking and smiling at the baby.
- Then cover your face with your hands and say "Where's Mommy?" or "Where's so-and-so?"
- Then find it and say "You found it!"
- Always keep a happy tone of voice and a smile on your face.
- Remember, the idea is to make the baby laugh, not scare him.
Step 5. Include other children in the game
This is a great way to strengthen bonds between little brothers or cousins, for example.
- Older kids love playing these things with babies.
- Both have automatic reactions to this type of interaction.
- While the baby has fun, the child forms bonds.
Method 3 of 4: Singing “Here Comes the Crocodile”
Step 1. This game combines rhymes and hand movements
It's best left to older babies, who can already babble words and copy their movements.
- Even older children tend to enjoy this game a lot.
- Little babies like the sound of music.
- Unconsciously, they begin to imitate others' smiles and laughter from the age of three months.
- Pranks with songs and funny moves are perfect for making children laugh.
Step 2. Start with the first sentence
When chanting each one, it is necessary to accompany them with the movements of the hands.
- The first verse of the song is "Here comes the crocodile".
- As you say this, stretch your arms out in front of you, bringing your hands together and spreading them apart to mimic the crocodile's mouth.
- If you like, clap your hands together when you close them to make a noise.
- If the baby is older, help him repeat the movement.
Step 3. Continue the song
In the second verse, we have the "Orangutan".
- In saying this, you must imitate a monkey.
- Again, if the baby is not so small, help him repeat the movement.
- Always sing in a happy tone of voice and with a smile on your face.
- Whenever the baby laughs, laugh along, so that he has even more fun!
Step 4. Finish the song
The last verses say:
- “The two little serpents, the royal eagle”.
- With both arms, imitate two snakes and then a bird.
- "The cat, the mouse, the elephant, no one was missing!"
- Imitate each of these animals, bringing your hands to the head, to make the cat's ears, to the nose, making the mouse's little whiskers and, in the same place, make the elephant's trunk with your whole arm.
- End with the phrase “You just couldn't see the two Pekinese”, making a face like someone who can't find something.
Step 5. Repeat as many times as baby wants
Children love repetitive play.
- It is common for them to want to play several times.
- This is a nice way to distract a bored toddler.
- As the baby grows, have him do the gestures with you. This helps a lot in motor coordination.
Method 4 of 4: Playing Five Little Pigs
Step 1. This game works with both small and older babies
To play, touch each of their little toes, speaking a different phrase.
- The little ones like the sound and feel the touch on their little fingers.
- Older children are beginning to relate words to rhymes.
- Play also helps introduce new words and body parts to the vocabulary of babies aged 12 to 15 months.
Step 2. Start by touching the child's thumb
As you do this, say the first sentence.
- The joke starts with: “This little pig went to the market”.
- As you say the sentence, shake her little finger.
- Have a laugh and smile after saying the phrase, to inspire the baby to do the same.
Step 3. The rest of the verses continue like this:
- "That little pig stayed at home."
- "This little pig ate roast beef."
- "This little piggy ate nothing"
- With each verse, move to the finger on the side and shake it.
- By doing this, the baby will feel a tickle and burst out laughing.
Step 4. Say the last verse of the poem
As you say it, hold the baby's little finger.
- The last verse goes like this: "And this little pig cried, "Boooooooo!"
- As you say it, shake his little finger.
- Then go up, tickling until you reach the baby's tummy.
- If you like, tickle his lips, too, by touching them gently.