Exploring Sound : A Simple Invitation for Infants
How can you teach your infant? I think that sounds both simple and outlandishly overhwelming.
Infants need to learn almost everything. While their instincts for self preservation are intense, the rest of their development is in front of them. This is exciting, but perhaps also daunting as a parent.
In an effort to include more inspiration for parents of infants on this site, I will be sharing more ideas that I used with my twins when they were babies. I also wanted to invite my friend and colleague Rebecca who recently had her second baby to share some of the ways she has been playing with and teaching her infant.
She is here today to share a simple idea for encouraging sensory development with things you have around the house.
You know those moments with infants when you see them be deliberate in their actions?
They do something.
They look at you.
And then they continue to explore.
When my 8 month old creeps into the kitchen and she needs something to play with, I raid the cupboards. One day I found an aluminum 9”x13” baking dish and gave that to her.
She grabbed it and brought it up and down against the floor. She put her hand in it and rubbed it over the hardwood floor. Every once in awhile she would look at me and smile.
The dish became an invitation to play for multiple days. One day I draped her plastic beads over the edge of the dish and she pulled them out and put them in her mouth. Then she did what she does best and shook them wildly; the sound was so loud!
When that wasn’t interesting, she used her hand.
Another time, I filled the dish with soft blocks–something that might have a different sound and promote some dumping skills!
She was ready…
And evidently I like to dress her in stripes!
She dumped them out and looked at the blocks on the ground. Then she proceeded to bang on the dish. She was interested in CHEWING on the blocks while ALSO banging on the dish. I was starting to see what she really liked about the dish.
I continue to bring this out once in awhile, while offering different materials for her to put inside.
The lightness of the aluminum makes it appropriate for infant play. It gives babies the satisfaction of the loud sound, just like toddlers would get when playing with the heavy pots and pans!
Rebecca Nutter, MEd has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught toddlers and preschoolers in various settings in Minnesota before deciding to stay home with her own girls. In 2014, she launched the Minneapolis Toy Lending Library with some Twin Cities moms. If you live in the area check out their website to see how you can benefit from this amazing resource.
Aluminum 9X13 Baking Dish
String of Beads
Other Items to Make Noise
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