Babies and toddlers are natural learners, says Joan Ershler, Ph.D., director of the Waisman Early Childhood Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But Your responsibility is to create an environment that supports your child’s innate desire to learn.
These are fun activities you can engage your baby in that will engage learning and help her pay more attention to her environment.
1. Go Outside
“Feeling the texture of grass or a cool breeze on your cheeks are three dimensional experiences you can’t get in your house,” says Dr. Burgert. Let your toddler experience nature in its true form. Grasses, trees, truck, hill, ball, car, traffic lights all begin to make sense beyond he textbooks when your toddler sees them and feels them in reality.
2. Building Blocks
The idea of building something out of nothing is thrilling for your toddler. Get toys that allow your baby build by stacking up different parts. Did you know? Experimenting with blocks like lego is an easy way to gain motor development. It can help Your toddler gain a surprising amount of skill.
3. Holes, and Pegs
Have you ever heard of the saying ‘fit the round peg in the round hole’? The ability to fit the right shapes into the right hole seems simple but it’s quite brain tasking for your little man. He needs to figure out he different shapes, and then the different holes and finally match them.
4. Count, Count, Count
Making counting a habit around your toddler. If you want to give your baby something, count it! Knowing one is different from two is the foundation of learning numbers. To teach, point at an item and say ‘One cup’ if there is just one, if there are two, count one, two and say there are 2 cups! For starters, your toddler may call all items more than one two. But that’s fine. It means he is ready to learn all about three!
Just like holes and pegs, puzzles will make your toddler think. Figuring out the right jigsaw that will fit the next piece perfectly will help your baby pay attention to details.
6. Fruits, Animals & Colours
This will help your baby identify different colours, fruits and most common animals. Take it a step further when your baby is ready by adding numbers to it. For example, once your baby knows one and can identify a dog, move to One dog and then 2 dogs.
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