In my previous baby learning activities 0 to 6 Months article, I brought up few sensory activities for your infants, now as your infants are heading towards 6 to 12 months of age, this is the time to introduce them learning activities and some ideas about how to play with baby and toddler, which can stimulate their mental, physical health and promote cognitive skills. Though, it is quite difficult to identify the specific fun learning activities for 6 to 12 months old babies but in this article I am assembling three easy activities for all mums out there who are wondering on internet and spending a lot of their precious time to search such engaging and learning activities.
As a mother of two I found these activities very helpful and useful, I along with my kids had a lot of fun. Hope you all will be enjoying these toddler learning activities too.
Stacking Toys & Blocks:
As now your infant has turned into a tiny person, he can sit, roll down, crawl and can take up little steps. He/she will never get bored by doing all the activities of his/her interest.
Some of the most loved toys for babies and toddlers are staking toys and blocks.
Though at this age, your little one will need basic construction blocks and staking toys, but, to be honest, these simple construction toys are simple in our sight not theirs, as for them, these are like difficult but interesting toys to play and learn with before jumping on to difficult ones as they grow up. By playing with these toys, your little one will learn the basic concept about numbers and colors. Apart from this, construction blocks and staking toys help your little one in developing
- Fine and gross motor skills
- Cognitive skills
- Thinking and concentration on a specific task
- Problem solving ability
- Spatial intelligence
- Social and language skills
- Advance math skills
Moreover, when your child finish playing with construction blocks or staking toys, reward them with something they like. This will encourage them to play with these learning toys more and more and to solve different tasks and will boost their brain development and intelligence many folds…
Baby Board Books:
Books are one of the most important and beautiful window for your little ones to see and understand their surrounding and environment. Your toddler is growing, he is understand more and more about the world around him through books, as books play a vital role in boosting their intelligence, thinking and power of imagination.
Buy them board books with vibrant colours, characters and texture and shapes, they feel excited to touch and feel different textures and love to learn from colorful picture of different animals, plants, things of everyday use and toys. My one year old son Abraham has got board books, he can’t pronounce the names but can tell by making certain sounds what he sees, like he point to the duck and say quack quack and so on. So, though kids cannot pronounce words but they learn from what they see and observe.
‘Pat-a-Cake’ A Joyful Activity:
Pat-a-Cake is another really good activity you can do with your baby while singing rhyme “Pat-a-Cake” to him/her. As your baby is still learning about touching, clapping, hand and eye coordination and about repetition of words and activities, sing this rhyme to your child while clapping your hands and then tap on your baby’s hands, or by helping your child to clap and tap on your hands. Almost all babies do love singing rhymes and acting on it accordingly and these rhyming activities will make your baby-mummy bonding time full of laughs, giggles and fun.
All these activities might seem simple to us but for our babies, this is a whole learning process that they enjoy as well. Learning activities are so helpful in boosting your child’s confidence, intelligence, thinking power and teach them how to express their thoughts and observations.
I hope your little ones will have fun doing these activities and want you to do these again and again to them so that they can laugh, play and enjoy with you and at the same time enjoy the mummy’s warmth of immense love.