Infant development experts say that the first years of a child’s life are the most important for learning, yet it can be difficult to come up with new ways to engage your baby. Allow these enjoyable—and educational—activities to motivate you.
Help Developing Baby’s Vision
- Let your eyes do the talking. Take advantage of the few seconds that your newborn’s eyes are open and connect by looking right into them. He’s working on his memory every time he looks at you.
- Stick your tongue out. Studies say that new-borns as little as two days) can copy simple facial motions – it’s a sign that they are capable of problem-solving at an early age.
Make her laugh by chatting with her!
- Go ahead and blab. Even if all you get is a blank stare, leave small pauses where your infant would normally utter words. She’ll soon pick up on the conversation’s pace and begin filling in the blanks.
- Sing a song. Make create your own verses or learn as many tunes as you can. As researches suggest, knowing music rhythms is linked to learning math.
- Give him clues. You’re teaching cause and effect when you say, “I’m going to turn on the light now.” before flipping the switch.
- Give her a tickle on the toes. Tickle her all over, in fact. The first step toward developing a sense of humour is to laugh. And games like “Jonny Jonny Yes Papa” (end by imitating laughter) educate your child to predict events.
- Make a funny face. Make your cheeks puff up and have your child touch your nose. When he does, Poof! He’ll do it when he’s ready. Pull your ear and then stick out your tongue at him.
Bond Every Chance You Get
- Turn the television off. Your baby’s brain needs one-on-one engagement that no educational television show can give.
- Remember to take a break from it now and again. Spend a few minutes each day on the floor with your baby, without any music, bright lights, or distracting tactics. Allow him to go where he wants and see where he takes you.
Take a Walk
- Create a play area. Allow your infant to climb and crawl all over you as you lie down on the floor. It’s less expensive than a jungle gym and a lot more enjoyable! You’ll assist her in improving her coordination and problem-solving abilities.
- Create a variety of steps. Place sofa cushions, pillows, boxes, or toys on the floor and demonstrate your infant how to crawl over, under, and around them to improve motor skills.
- Now follow his directions. As your child grows older, he’ll stretch his imagination to see whether you’ll truly do things like make funny noises, crawl backwards, or laugh.
Discover New Environments
- Share what you see. Take your baby on a walk in a front carrier, sling, or backpack and describe what you notice — “Look at the cute dog!” or “Did you see the fairy?” — to provide your child with limitless opportunity to expand his or her vocabulary.
- Take a shopping trip. Visit the grocery when you need a break from your song and dance routine. Make faces, sounds, and show her colours around to keep your infant entertained.
- Switch up the scenery. Place your child’s high chair on the other side of the table. Challenge his memory when it comes to remembering where things are placed during meals.
Play and Be Silly
16. Surprise her. She’ll be surprised. Blow gently on your baby’s face, arms, or tummy every now and then to please her. Make a pattern with your breaths and observe how she reacts and anticipates them.
17. Test three-card shuffle skills. Take a couple empty plastic food containers and place one of your baby’s little toys inside of one of them. Allow him to shuffle the containers and find the prize.
18. Have a game of peekaboo. Your hide-and-seek games are more than just amusing. Your child learns that objects can vanish and reappearance.
- Feel your way. Walk around the house with your babe in arms, and touch his hand to the cool window, some soft laundry, a smooth plant leaf, and other safe objects, labelling items as you go.
- Let your child play with her food. When she’s ready, serve foods that vary in texture — including cooked peas, cereal, pasta, or chunks of cantaloupe. She’ll get to practice her pincer grasp and explore her senses.
Teach Language and Counting
- Keep track of everything. Count the number of blocks your child can stack. Alternatively, the amount of steps in your home. Or his toes and fingers. Make it a habit to count out loud, and he’ll soon join in.
- Take time to read books. Over and over! Scientists discovered that when a narrative is read two or three times in a row, newborns as young as eight months can learn to remember the sequence of words in the storey — this is believed to help them learn language.
- Make up tall tales. To make it more fun, substitute her name for the main character in her favourite storey.
- Have fun in the rain. Splash around in puddles. Sit together in the moist grass. It’s a fascinating, albeit messy, way to learn about wet and dry materials.
- Give your child a job. Sorting laundry into darks and whites can be done with the help of small children. Your toddler could even be able to identify which garments are hers.