Early Moments Matter parenting tips part 5: Toddler playtime
FACT: Your baby was born with around 100 billion brain cells, which form networks in his or her brain during the toddler years – developing memory and thinking skills.
We all want what's best for our children, but being a parent isn't always easy. That’s why the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has partnered with Loop News to help you with tips, interesting insights and fun facts.
Here are a few simple suggestions to boost your playtime with babies from six months to toddler stage:
- Put me in/Take me out – Give your child things to put in and out of a container, he or she will try to take them out and put them back on her own, which is great for the development of hand-eye coordination skills.
- Stack ‘em up. Encourage your toddler to try to stack more things on his own and make them fall down, or stack things up until they fall down.
- Facetime – Point to the eyes, nose and mouth on your face, on your baby’s and on a doll if you have one. After showing one part on the doll, touch the same part on yourself and on your baby. Take your baby’s hand and have him touch the eyes, nose and mouth on the doll, you and him or herself. Slowly, baby will be able to memorise and identify these different words and relate them to his or her body parts.
- Be Positive – Try to say things like “Yes”, “Good” or “Well done” more often, rather than “No”, “Bad” or “Not good”.
To learn more about how play helps give your baby the best start in life, watch this video: https://www.unicef.org/parenting/how-babies-learn-through-play