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Play - Babies

  • Try out these toys with your baby: rattles, mirrors, squeaky toys, grasping and mouthing toys, small baseball-sized balls, blocks and stacking toys, shape sorting toys, and simple puzzles with 2 to 3 pieces.
  • Use scarves or streamers to float above your baby’s head and even let them land over his or her face for a moment before pulling them up and away again.
  • Blow bubbles around your baby’s face, letting a few land. Watch your baby’s delight when they pop!
  • Play Peek-a-Boo! This helps babies learn object permanence and will get them laughing – especially when an unexpected object peeks back out at them where it wasn’t before.

Sources:

Bongiorno, L. “10 things every parent should know about play.” NAEYC For Families. Retrieved from http://families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/child-development/10-things-every-parent-should-know-about-play

Bodrova, E. & Leong, D. 2012. “Assessment and scaffolding: Make believe play.” Young Children. NAEYC. Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/201201/Leong_Make_Believe_Play_Jan2012.pdf

“Kids Health. Safe exploring for toddlers”. Retrieved from http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/learning/exploring.html

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