Parents are always concerned about how to teach the most age-appropriate activities to their children. Most parents need active guidance on how to proceed properly. Family and friends aside, your doctor can also be the best source of information in such circumstance.
Read on below for a list of activities to engage your 6-12 month old to ensure they get the best care to enhance their mental and physical growth during this time.
Play Peekaboo with Them
Playing hide and seek games such as Peekaboo will enhance their fine motor skills and teach them to look for objects. You can hide a toy under a blanket with some part of the toy showing. Then you can ask your kid to look for it.
This will also help them to identify objects. After they can dig out partially hidden objects, you can try hiding the entire toy and ask them to find it.
Play Music to Them
Playing music to your child does a lot more than just entertain them. Music enhances their sensory perceptions as they learn to identify new sounds and noises. Their sense of rhythm also gets a boost as you sway and dance with them to the beat.
Having multiple musical sessions with them will improve their brains processing powers and help them to identify new sounds and words. It’s a good idea to play nursery rhymes to them, like “Wheels on the Bus”, “Two Little Blackbirds” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”.
Use Stacking Toys
You can use objects such as cups or blocks and stack them on top of each other. Make your kid knock them down and help them to stack them up again.
You can have a fun race to see who can stack them up first. This activity will improve their fine motor skills and teach them about cause and effect.
Introduce Them to Puzzles
When your baby is around 1 year old, it will be the perfect time to introduce them to puzzles. Colorful ones with pictures and different shapes would be more fun for them.
At first introduce the concept to them and guide them as to how it works with their hands. This activity helps build their visual and problem solving skills as well as enhancing their fine motor skills.
Teach Them to Identify Objects Using Pictures
This can be a fun activity teaching them to identify objects using books with pictures or flashcards. The pictures can be of animals or body parts. Point to the picture and tell them the name of the object.
Show them a picture of a cat and tell them its name and how it sounds like, then ask them to point to the correct picture by asking them to point to a cat. This will teach them how to identify objects by looking at pictures and other visual means.
Read to Them
Reading books to your baby is a great way to enhance their imagination while having fun. Read books to them regularly during different times of the day. Make sure to get a book with lots of pictures and pop-up shapes to make the story more engaging.
Make it fun by changing your voice to enact the different characters of the book. You can make them turn the pages and feel the different shapes of the pictures. This activity will especially be helpful in enhancing their listening and language development skills.
Clap and Rhyme
Your child will learn to clap around 6-8 months old. So this will be a right time to teach them about rhyming and clapping. Clap with them and sing along a rhyme.
This activity will help to boost your child’s sense of rhyme and imitation. This will be a fun activity for them and will be good for your bonding as well. The lyrics of the song will actively enhance their language development.
Shake the Bottle
You can fill a bottle with different objects, like water, Legos, small plastic and seal the top back on and shake it. Your baby will observe how the bottle shakes and rattles and the different noises it makes for every different object.
This is great to teach them about cause and effect and the element of surprise. They will learn to identify the different sounds created by different objects, which will also teach them about auditory discrimination.
Encourage Them to Move
Helping your baby to achieve new milestones in moving around is a fun way to teach them about motor skills. If they are still at the crawling stage, you can create small hurdles and obstacles in their way, like pillows, and let them climb their way over those.
You can use toys appropriate for their age and place them over a table. Then guide them to cross over to that table and reach for it. You can guide them to climb small inclines and also cruise over from one side to the other.
Teach Them New Words
This is the perfect age to help your child in developing their speech. Repeat a few easy words to them, like “Da Da”, “Ma Ma” and see if they attempt to repeat it. There is no reason to be concerned if they don’t do it right away. It is bound to happen soon.
It’s a good idea to take a doctor’s advice if even after getting a year old, your child isn’t saying simple things like ma ma and da da. He probably will not advise speech therapy until your baby is almost 2 years old.
This is the age when babies are constantly achieving new milestones in their development. So it’s important for parents to follow a few simple activities which will help them achieve these milestones. Following the simple tips above will help you in aiding your child to achieve the proper development required for their age.