get bored want to engage Noah, I try to find ways to make him laugh. It’s quite easy to get him chuckling away actually, but here are my current top five ways.
1. Play Peekaboo
At this age, Noah loves playing peekaboo. Sometimes, we don’t even bother to throw a cloth on him or pop up from behind someone/something. He laughs even when we just say the word “peekaboo”!
2. Tickle him
He’s generally very ticklish, but we’ve discovered that he’s particularly ticklish around his waist/stomach area, as well as his thighs.
3. “Walk, walk, walk…”
My mum was the one who started doing this with him. We just have to use our fingers to ‘walk’ towards him, and tickle him when we get to his tummy. C says it’s the anticipation that makes Noah laugh too, as sometimes, he starts giggling when he just hears us say the words, or sees our fingers moving towards him.
4. “Round and round…”
I learnt this from a church friend eons ago, when she was playing with her son. We say, “Round and round the garden, like a teddy bear. One step, two steps, tickle you there!” Don’t ask me why a teddy bear goes round and round the garden. We use our finger to trace circles on his palm or thigh for the first two lines, before ‘walking’ with our fingers to tickle him.
5. Say “uh-oh”
Remember the “uh-oh” sound that alerts you when you get a message on ICQ? Yes, we are part of the IRC and ICQ era. For some reason, Noah finds it funny when we say it to him. I think he just likes the sound of it at the moment. He used to laugh when we said random things to him, like ‘monkey’, ‘hippo’, ‘Dada’, ‘Mama’, and ‘potato’, but he isn’t very amused by them these days.
Here’s a video of him being amused by the five ways above.
What tickles your kid?
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