As babies and toddlers begin to explore their home and surroundings, you can keep them safe and engaged as they play and discover. Watch this video and then try some of these playful activities that help children learn through their senses:
- “Tummy time” helps babies learn to hold up their heads, crawl, and focus on their surroundings. Set up a small mirror in front of them so they can see their reflection and expressions.
- Little ones explore by touching everything and anything! Find safe objects of different textures for children to touch and explore. Try a cotton ball, a cardboard box, a small plastic bottle with water, some plastic containers, and a wooden spoon.
- Sounds are all around us, and kids love making their own sounds and music! Set up homemade instruments to play with: a pot and spoon can be a drum set, and a paper-towel roll with holes poked in it can be a “flute.” Encourage siblings to play with sounds together, and use their voices to sing along.