How Parents Can Help Babies Play Every Day
Babies do four main things; eat, poop, sleep and play. As parents we spend a lot of time worrying about those first three. When my twins were born I had this handy app on my phone that tracked how much they ate, the contents of each diaper and how long they slept. It made pretty little charts and graphs about each of these.
But what about play?
Am I suggesting that you need to track, log, or graph your child's play? NO! Understand it and pay attention to it though? Yes.
I am not going to bore you with a Child Development lesson on the stages of infant play. I personally find this fascinating, but you can find research articles if you are interested (email me if you want some suggestions) and if not, that isn't the important part for you to know. The important part to understand is: Why babies play AND How you can help.
Babies play to learn.
Babies play to learn about the objects in their world.
Babies play to learn about people and how to interact.
Babies play to learn how to move their bodies.
Babies play to learn the vocabulary for the items in their world.
Babies play to learn what will happen.
Babies play to learn.
So what can you do? What should you do? I have talked a lot about building play skills in infants and toddlers before. Most of the ways to support infant play and learning you probably already do.
You can read them good books.
You can label objects.
You can let them play with different real objects in their home.
You can take them places so they can see different things.
You can engage all of their 5 senses.
You can talk to them and listen to their babbles as if they were the most interesting conversation around.
You can give them a safe place to explore.
Sure you can also plan fun gross motor art activities, create texture crawls, and tape together a song cube but you don't have to. The important part is to interact with your baby, talk to you baby, and allow them to play with different materials; wooden spoons while you cook, a wash cloth while you fold laundry, simple toys. That is all infants truly need. A caring adult to love them, take care of them, and encourage them to explore their world.
As a bonus to subscribers, I send out a printable list of PLAY every day Ideas every month! Simple ways to engage your child in play every day of the month. These ideas will;
*Be low prep
*Involve very few materials
*Have a short time commitment
*Address all areas of development
*Carve out a little bit of time every day to play
If you already subscribe to the Newsletter, your PLAY every day calendar of ideas for March should be in your inbox.
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