Playing with Babies and Toddlers: Few Ideas
Try these suggestions the next time you play with your kids, and see how even the simplest experiences inspire them to learn and explore the world.
Playtime is special. It's not only entertaining, but it's also important for children's growth. Play is their “work” and a way for them to learn about the world. Babies and toddlers use play to test out new skills, explore their imagination and creativity, and learn about other people's relationships.
To a young kid, every task can be entertaining, whether it's rolling trucks back and forth or sorting socks. And every game will include a variety of opportunities to learn and practise new skills:
As a parent, you are your child’s very first and favorite playmate. From the very beginning of your child’s life, he is playing with you, whether he is watching your face as you feed him or listening to your voice as you sing to him during his diaper change. He is at work, learning and exploring.
So, how do you make the most of your kid's free time?
~ Take your child's lead.
Give your baby or toddler an item, toy, or activity and see what he does with it. It's fine if it's not the "right" way... Allow him to demonstrate a "modern way."
~ Slow it down.
It's nice to demonstrate how a toy works to your boy, but try to avoid "doing it for him" every time. You can start something, like piling blocks on top of each other, and then inspire him to try it. Providing only enough assistance to prevent your child from being frustrated encourages them to learn new skills.
~ Pay attention to your child's cues.
Your child may not be able to express himself verbally when he's had enough or is upset. However, he has other options, such as using his voice, facial expressions, and gestures. You can tell when to jump in or move to a new activity by reading the signs that precede a tantrum. Reading his signs will also help you figure out what kinds of things your child enjoys.
~ Play it once more !
Although this tendency to repeat activities is not inherently exciting for parents, it is for their young children. They are honing their skills in order to master a difficult task. The more they practise and master new skills, the more likely they are to take on new challenges, and so on. So, the next time you're tempted to hide a toy you don't think you'll be able to stan, remember this.
Consider that the more time your child spends using their mind and body to solve problems and create their own ideas, the more they will understand.
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- Rockims Team