Show baby their face in the mirror, try to get them smiling or cooing at themselves. Baby can learn about their body & build social skills.
Babies like to open and close books, hand them to you, or stack them like blocks. This makes books fun & trains baby’s eyes & muscles to work together.
Put on a concert with your toddler. Invite all the stuffed animals. Use spoons as your microphones & sing your favorite songs.
Your toddler is learning new words all the time. Get ideas to help build your child's vocabulary here under Tips:
As your child washes up ask: "What sound does sss-oap start with? What else starts with the sss sound?" Work together to list words like sock and silly.
Make a grocery list with your preK-er. Let them scribble the items you say you need on paper, then check it off when you're in the store.
Help your toddler make a card for someone you know. Scribbles are ok! You can help your child sign it, showing the letters in their name.
Read an alphabet book and talk about words that start with each letter sound so your toddler learns that letters and sounds go together.
Play Simon Says with your toddler to make learning to follow directions fun. Find instructions here .
Make a sensory board for your baby. Use things you have at home. Babies learn a lot through feeling different textures.
Sing Itsy Bitsy Spider with your preK-er. Add verses for a big spider, a slow spider, a fast spider, and more.
Write your preschooler’s name on 2 pieces of paper. Cut into individual letters. Let child match the letters to the correct places.
Put couch cushions & pillows on the floor in a line. Have your preK-er get from one end to the other & use movement words like "jump, balance, walk, etc."
As you feed your baby, use words to describe what foods taste, feel and look like. "This yogurt is smooth," "that yellow banana is sweet."
Sing any song you can think of, even if it's only part of a song. Whether it's Motown, hip hop, or a new Adele song! Baby will love bonding with your voice.