The Importance of Play: Age 0 –12 Months

This is the second post in a series of posts on play.

Good Activities for Playing with Babies (0-12 months):

  • Back and Forth: this refers largely to linguistic back and forth. Coo and talk to your baby, imitate their sounds, let them respond, encourage copying and vocalizations.
  • Peek-a-Boo: young children may not have yet developed object permanence (the knowledge that something is still there even if they can’t see it). However, they do develop this quickly! Peek-a-boo is fun for establishing object permanence, and you don’t have to just place it with your hands on your face! Cover toys or objects and see if your child looks for them or thinks they have disappeared.
  • Sing and Dance: music is great for cognitive development and motor development is essential in the early years, so yeah, just sing and dance.
  • Play Ball: or really anything. Give babies safe, age appropriate and colourful objects and let them explore.

Source: http://main.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/ThePowerofPlay.pdf?docID=161&JServSessionIda004=h7u0rh3p01.app201c

 

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