I thought about a few activities parents can also do with their toddlers.
- For the 6-9 months old
“Touch 'n' Taste” : Prepare a number of different foods for your baby to touch, taste, and smell: fruit flavored gelatin, yogurt, banana, apple, spaghetti, and so on. Have your baby sitting on his chair and let him play with the food for a few minutes, exploring it with his hands and mouth. This activity will make her more aware of her environment, and help fine motor development.
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2. For the 9-12 months old:
Naming : wherever you go, whatever you do, whoever you meet, don’t forget to name everything to your baby. It’s very important for his language development.
At the Zoo
Hide and Seek
Who doesn't like "Hide & Seek"? Even bigger kids still play that game. A nice and interesting version of “Hide and Seek”, would be a musical one. If you have a toy phone that makes sounds or a bell or a rattle, show it to your child as you sit beside him on the floor. Then hide it discreetly under a cushion for instance. Ask your child: ”where is the phone?”. Lift every object on the floor one by one until you uncover the ringing phone. Look at your baby’s face as you say: “there it is!!”.
All of the above are common sense activities and most of you are probably doing them with your toddlers already, without realising how benefitial they are to their growth. So keep up the good work.