27 May 2020
It’s Wellness Wednesday! We’ve got 4 activities you can do with your infants and toddlers that will help boost their creativity and develop communication, cognitive and sensory motor skills!
Find The Hidden Toys
Age Group: 6 months – 15 months
Goals: To increase cognitive development; to increase social awareness
Materials: A small toy, blanket, towel
Get your infant intrigued with a toy. Then cover the toy completely with a blanket and say, “Oh, where did it go?” Encourage your infant to find it. Start by partly covering the toy with cloth. If the infant does not attempt to get it, point to the toy and again encourage him/her. If he/she still does not find it, take the cloth off dramatically and say, “Here it is!” Make it a challenge, hide it first under one cloth, and then move it to the other, covering the toy completely.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Age Group: 6 months – 20 months
Goals: To increase creative development; to increase sensory motor skills
Place your infant in an upright sitting position facing you. He/she should be sitting between your outstretched legs so you can provide him/her with support for sitting if needed. Take his/her hands in yours and beginning singing “Row, row, row your boat.” As you sing, rock back and forth with the infant—this will feel like you are actually rowing a boat together.
Mimic my Actions
Age Group: 7 months – 16 months old
Goals: To increase cognitive development; to increase language and communication skills
Materials: Three vegetables of different colors (e.g. broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms) steamed for about 10 minutes and cut into very small pieces, plates
Put each color of vegetable on a small plate and encourage your infant) to choose a piece(s) of vegetable to put on their plat. Eat together with your infant and talk about the vegetables and how you enjoy them. Help them learn the names of the foods they are eating. (Note: A serving size for a mobile infant is approximately 2 tablespoons.)
Painting with Water (no clean up)
Age Group: 7 Months- 22 months old
Goal: To increase creative development; to increase sensory motor skills
Materials: paintbrushes, buckets, water
Fill buckets with water and encourage infants/toddlers to paint the walls outside their house. Encourage them to make lines, circles, paint fast and slow.
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