Here are some ideas of ways that you can be intentional in engaging and purposeful in interacting with your tot, to help them develop and gain confidence.
ENGAGING YOUR INFANT:
Treasure Baskets. Fill a basket with objects from around the house for your kids to explore and discover.
Montessori and Mirrors. Help your baby’s brain develop as they interact with a mirrored image of themselves.
Teething Necklaces. These are easy to make and your baby will enjoy having something to chew on – perfect for a diaper bag!
WAYS BABIES PLAY
KIDS LEARN THEIR COLORS
Matching Colors. Young children can begin to recognize similarities and differences in objects with this color activity.
Practice stacking. Use chunks of food as building blocks with your baby. They can put food on top of each other while they eat.
For older tots who are beginning to enjoy pretend play, consider creating an edible sandbox for them to explore.
FOSTER INDEPENDENCE IN YOUR CHILD
Grab a pitcher. Practice hand-eye-coordination as your tot pours. As soon as they are able to hold a container, they will love seeing/feeling water pouring.
Baby Obstacle Course. Use pillows and cushions to create an obstacle course for your child to navigate.
Dumping. As soon as babies learn to drop objects, they will love placing objects into tins and in-time, pouring.
This summer, add some fun to your child’s outdoor play with ice. Add a shoestring to connect your ice cubes for more fun!
PLAY IDEAS FOR YOUNGEST BABIES:
Create a Texture wall. Use embroidery hoops for a variety of textures – hang them low enough for your child to roll to and reach easily.
Create a Play Space. Use mirrors and other brightly colored toys for your child to roll to and reach.
TOYS TO MAKE FOR BABIES:
Collection of Baby Buckets. These are simple toys you can make for your toddler from recycled items.
Tugging Toy. Make holes in a box and have strings with different textures and things tied to them for your child to pull.