Play is essential to younger children’s early development as it contributes to their cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being. Play offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children and teach them about the world around them during this pivotal early stage of their development that occurs in their first 18 months. This holiday season, put a festive spin on the games you play with your baby to delight and engage them.
1. Sensory Play
Babies and toddlers seek to explore their environment as they begin to develop a greater understanding of their surroundings and do so through all five senses, taste, touch, sound, sight and smell.
Introduce them to new textures, while teaching them about Christmas by letting them hold and touch the decorations on your Christmas Tree as you decorate. This will give them the chance to recognise different shapes and colours. You can also teach them what each decoration is so that they will begin to recognise some new words.
2. Dance and Freeze
Play some of your favourite holiday tunes and instruct your little one to bop while the music plays and freeze when it stops. Not only is it a fun, upbeat activity but this also helps refine their coordination and reflexes. This game is sure to get them giggling and they will love having the opportunity to mirror your movements!