Games to Play with Your Baby in a Graco Pack and Play
I was never a big proponent of playards. I always considered them as a place that tired Mommies put their babies when they needed a break. I know how totally misguided was that? Now that I am a Mom to 2 kiddos under the age of 4, I really appreciate what a playard can do. My kids never spend long in their playard, but I like to take it a step further, I like to use it as another way to play games with my kids. Here are some of our favorite games to play in our Graco Pack and Play.
Use Your Graco Pack and Play for a Puppet Show
I love to make puppets. Granted I am not the most creative person on the planet but I try to make every day fun and educational whenever possible. I have sock puppets from old baby socks with faces drawn on them using Crayola Fabric Markers that go on my fingers and with my kiddos sitting in the playard, I sit outside where they can clearly see Mommy, and I put the puppets up over the edge. Having the puppet move from side to side doing a silly dance never fails to elicit some pretty loud laughter from both my girls. I’ve also used a retired wooden spoon with a face drawn on it, and of course my 3-year old enjoys putting a puppet on her hand and entertaining her 18-month old sister when we do this. We shout out colors, numbers, and keep it as much fun as possible.
Rattle, Rattle Where’s the Rattle?
Another game we sometimes play is very simple but teaches my girls to identify the direction sounds are coming from. I just take a rattle or other noisy toy and hold it low so my girls can’t see through the mesh where the rattle is. And I wiggle both my arms. My girls point to which side they think the rattle is coming from. They don’t miss very often. It sounds simple but it’s a game my kids will go get a rattle and ask to play over and over.
Ball Toss in the Graco Pack and Play
My older child has a squishy soft ball she loves to toss out of the playard to me and then I throw it back. She’s working on getting good catching it, but she thinks it’s a blast. My youngest isn’t there with the catching but she certainly loves dropping items over the edge of the playard.
Peek-a-Boo and Songs Never Get Old
I have found the best way to stop a cranky toddler is the fine art of distraction. One day my 18-month old daughter was being a real cranky pants. Nothing was pleasing her and I really couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Suddenly in the middle of yet another tantrum, I put my hands over my face and said, “Peek-a-Boo!” It was great, she stopped completely to see what I was going to do next, so I could only think of the “Sesame Street Theme.” But hey, it worked. Now, Peek-a-Boo and a song or two is asked for every day, and although I honestly can’t carry a tune in a bucket, I happily oblige.
That’s just a few of the things we like to do with our Graco Pack and Play. Like I said, I don’t like to put my kids in a playard in the house too often, but when I do, I still love to play with my kids and keep their days fun. Warmer weather will be here soon and I’m looking forward to more outings to the park. The playard is so easy to fold up and take along, I can’t wait to use it.