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Your baby has just transitioned to toddlerhood and is eager to explore the world around her. Here are 5 ways you can enjoy some quality time together while helping her develop her cognitive and motor skills - all from the comfort of your home!
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I’m on round 3 when it comes to having babies, and
celebrating my little one’s first birthday last month was exciting. Although
her development this past year has taken place in leaps and bounds, the
milestones she’s expected to hit in the next few years are what will make her
her own little person.
I can also be a lot more involved in her achievements now; I had
nothing to do with pushing her first teeth through her gums, or figuring
out how hands and feet shuffle along the floor in a crawl. But there are
activities and games we can play these days that help her explore her senses,
develop her cognition…and entice more of those beautiful smiles and giggles.
Here are 5 easy to-put-together, indoor activities to keep
your one year old learning and laughing this winter:
1. Where’d It Go?
Cut a piece of yarn, about 45 cm in length,
and tie one end to a small toy (a car works really well). Use heavy-duty tape
to secure the other end of the yarn to about the middle of your child’s
highchair tray. Place the toy on the tray and demonstrate how he can throw the
car over the edge of the highchair and then pull it back up by the yarn.
Once he gets the hang of it, you don’t have
to stop at just one toy. If he likes this game, tack on a few more toys to the
Draw happy faces on the tops of 12
clothespins. Turn an empty egg carton upside down and cut a hole out of each
egg cup, just big enough to fit a clothespin though. Your child should be able
to poke the clothespins in and out of the holes, making them appear and
Tape a paper towel tube to the leg of a
chair or table and show your child how to drop Lego or other small blocks into
the tube – and watch them come out the bottom! Simple, but guaranteed fun!
Use a poster board (or for a smaller
version, one side of a cereal box) to create a grid of magazine pictures or
real photographs. Cover each picture with a piece of fabric by gluing the top
edge of the fabric above each square. Once the flaps are dry, your child will
enjoy lifting them to see the pictures underneath. To keep things interesting,
change up the pictures every so often.
Squeeze ketchup or mustard into a Ziploc
bag. Place the bag into another one to ensure no leaks. Let your child poke and
Remember that there is a big difference between the way a 12
month old will participate in these activities, and the way a 23 month old
will. But, in general, these are great for entertainment and learning – and
simple enough to create with things you likely have on hand!
Source: These games were adapted from the Bright and Beyond Age 1 deck by Pal Toys.
Taslim is the voice behind the blog Let ME Out!!, author of various works including her creativity and self-discovery workbooks, and creator of Make-A-Wave Cards found here. She is happiest being with her husband and three children, living their motto: Keeping Up with the Jaffers, not the Joneses. She fills her days cranking out articles, reading historical fiction and fundraising for the literary arts in between all the things that make her Mommy. (P.S. If you see someone dancing to her own steps in Zumba class, that would be Taslim!)
These are all really creative ideas. I really like the game where you put the pictures under the fabric. It not only works on her cognition, but sparks her curiosity. The paper towel and lego game is very crafty too. It's a great way to keep their attention and teach her to stick her with one task, where as most kids would run off to something new.
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