Exercise doesn’t have to be boring….. get outside and throw a ball, dance with some scarves, skip with some ribbons but most of all… HAVE FUN!
Spending time looking in the mirror with your baby pulling faces, naming and touching their nose, mouth, eyes and cheeks is a wonderful way to help them to recognise these belong to them, and contributes towards their developing sense of self.
Choose toys, puzzles, puppets and found items that your little one is interested in and put them in a pillowcase, box or sack. Let your child pick out items and chat about them together. Ask and answer questions, listen to them and give time for them to respond. You could also use it as an opportunity to talk about past experiences and explore feelings, talk about likes and dislikes, or make up stories and play games.
Always supervise your child and explore the talking sack together.
Social interaction starts from birth. Your baby cries, you pick them up. Your baby smiles and you smile back. This is interacting with each other and will then lead onto social interaction with others. It will help develop listening skills and communication skills.
When asking children a question it’s hard not to jump in, if they don’t answer straight away. Give lots of eye contact, get down to their level and lean forward, as if expecting a response, as this will encourage your child to respond.
It doesn’t matter if your child uses words, sounds or gestures they will be beginning to understand the art of turn taking in conversation.
From hand-eye coordination to letting them make choices and building up those important muscles that will later be used for writing and talking. Allowing children to feed themselves with adult supervision is such a great way to encourage food confidence!
You won’t believe the amount of fun your child will have with the things you use every day. From banging pots and pans together, to putting washing in the machine for you. All these things allow for imaginative play to happen, counting or talking about colours of items or singing their favourite songs as they tap the pan. These opportunities allow your child to take ownership of the things that they like to do.