I know you all mummies are doing great to keep your babies happy, healthy and active. You all are trying best to facilitate those activities that can promote their mental and physical health. With growing age baby’s brain gets mature and he starts using his/her senses and to encourage this dramatic mental growth, it is very important for us to provide our them the best baby learning toys and help them in performing different learning activities as well.
When you involve your toddlers in learning activities, it helps them to be more creative and develop their motor and cognitive skills.
My today’s article will cover few more toddler learning activities for 6 to 12 months but I am sure older babies will also love to be part of these baby learning activities.
Sensory Activity (Mashed Potatoes):
I know it sounds messy but I am sure your little one going to love this activity, by the age of 6 months their motor skills get strong, they start picking things and mix in hands. The simple equipments which we can use as learning toys are a plastic bowl and spoon.Pour mashed potato in vibrant colored bowl or you can use his/her favorite cartoon character plate. Sit him/her on highchair or booster seat and give bowl, you will see he/she will start picking mashed potatoes and will start doing different actions with that paste. He will use his all physical strength to figure out the activity he is playing with. This types of activity also helps to promote eating habits as at this age babies frequently takes everything to mouth whatever they have in hands so you can offer cereals, mashed fruits, vegetable purees, baby first food and other healthy meals that are necessary by this age for them. This activity can help your toddler to explore:
– Sense of taste, sound, sight and smell
– Build nerve connections in brain’s pathways
– Muscles strength is develop and stretched
– Complete control over hand, fingers and thumb
Water Play ( Splish Splash) Time:
Baby’s growth and development can be boosted to man folds just by encouraging our little ones to spend some fun time in water. Babies experience and learn about a lot of things while playing with water.
Splashing, kicking, rolling around and running in the water can be a full of excitement activity for your little one.
It’s a great way for toddlers to have fun.You can arrange them a small swimming pool with full of their favourite toys or you can buy them a water table along with its accessories in your backyard or you can bring them to swimming classes if you feel comfortable with them.
One of my article importance of swimming for babies and toddlers described how beneficial is swimming for baby’s health and growth. Well, if you don’t have water table or small pool DON’T WORRY!! You can use bath tub, a big bowl or a bucket instead which is feasible for you. You don’t need to plan or spend a lot of time to arrange this activity.
By the age of 6 to 12 months, toddlers start taking little step, and picking their favourite toys. Float some of their favourite characters, toys, balls and ask them to pick the specific item. It will help them to memorize the name, colour and shape of toys and characters. Though, they can’t speak but they will learn the names of the toys they are playing with.
This water play activity is very relaxing for toddlers, they feel calm, energetic and happy, it also increases ability to concentrate on activity and promote eye hand co-ordination by repetitive actions like pouring, stirring, scooping, kicking and splashing water. It’s a sensational experience and great for
- Mathematical learning like ( full , half, less, empty)
- Cognitive development
- Promotes social-emotional growth by sharing and co-operating
- Floating or sinking allows them to think intelligently and encourage their imaginations
- Stimulate creative learning
- Encourage language development, toddlers learn new little words
- Learn sensory features like ( cold , dry, wet, hot )
The toys we need for all these fun play and activities are a pop-up pool, plastic blocks or balls or even plastic animals and fishes or any other toy of your child’s choice.These sensory activities play vital role in toddler’s mental and physical growth and development. Early years of babies are very crucial because they develop new habits with take them to adulthood. Being a parent it’s our responsibility to provide them an opportunities and experiences that influence their positive behavior towards life.