Learning through play at 1 year
Age: 11 months 3 weeks
- Sing a little song, do a little dance
Songs in general are a hit with many 1-year olds. It's also one of the only times when you’re the one with the biggest impact on your baby's musical taste, so enjoy it while it lasts! Also, adding a little bit of motion to the mix can only make it more fun. Ring-around-the-rosie is an obvious one, but whether you’ve got a stuffed animal following your baby around the room through “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” twinkling jazz-hands through “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” or you’ve got her learning the macarena, adding movement to music is always a fun next step.
- Believe in make-believe:
your baby is getting old enough to start to understand imaginative play, which is great, because imaginative play can be an important way to learn about the world. Talking about your baby’s favorite stuffed animals' feelings can be a way to give her a frame of reference for thinking about her own. And as your baby gets older, getting into the habit of imaginative play can help you get some insight into what’s going on in her mysterious little developing brain.
- Roll on by
Playing pass with your baby could be the beginning of an inspiring career in any number of sports - or it could just be a good way to help her build up her muscles and coordination. It’s also a good place to start in teaching your baby how to play with others, instead of just near them. Passing a ball back and forth is one of those games that isn’t much fun for either player if they don’t take turns, which can be a good concept to start establishing in your baby’s mind early on.
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