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- Enhance the play by engaging and asking questions. Children are natural players but caregivers can help children get even more out of play by asking questions and extending the story and by introducing new obstacles or problems for your child to solve. And children agree – playing is more fun with a friend!
- Play I Spy games giving detailed clues. This can introduce new vocabulary slowly and keeps your child actively learning.
- Play with blocks! You can help your child start by stacking a few yourself, but just let your child go and see what they build.
- Encourage imaginative play. Playing house, pretending to buy groceries, or just playing in an empty box are great ways for children to build their imaginations, increase narrative and storytelling skills, as well as think through possible scenarios before they arise.
- Roll a ball back and forth with your toddler. This will help build hand-eye coordination and muscle strength.
- 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!