Fun activities that help your child develop

Fun activities that help your child develop

When your child is young he will play with anything he finds around the house, he doesn't care if it is new, if it is a pot or daddy's glasses case or recycled paper. What is more important is accessibility to different materials that he can experiment with so you can never know what toys he is going to like. Below is a list that is safe, that he will like, and with which he will learn.

Natural materials
One way of teaching your little one how the world works is through different materials found around him every day. If you live in an apartment, maybe you will need to come up with a more creative way of introducing him to the world around him so he can learn where things come from.

Play with water. This is a game they find very entertaining no matter where the water comes from – they are always going to play with it and will learn how water pours, splashes, wets and how some things float in it and others sink. Your child won't care how much water there is, a pool can be as much fun as a bath tub, but if you give him a container with a little bit of water and a few toys this can be the afternoon's entertainment.

Play with dirt and mud can be slightly chaotic, your child will get dirty from head to foot, but this is an experience he needs – to feel how mud slips between his fingers, how to knead it and pat it and of course get dirty without being scolded. This will allow him to learn that if he adds more water it will be runnier and that when it dries it will get hard.

Games with washed sand can be very interesting because of the way a solid behaves at times like a liquid without being liquid. Playing with sand and several containers allows your child to imagine he is in the kitchen cooking, and might be his first steps towards an interest in real cooking.

Play with stones, leaves and sticks that he finds at the park is not going to teach your child botanical science, nor will he understand how the rocks are formed, but playing with them will teach him that when stones dry they lose their shine, that sticks break when they are bent, and the leaves fallen from trees dry out. He will discover that there are many interesting colors, shapes, textures and creatures around him.

Manufactured toys

Blocks will be your child's companions for a long time and will help him develop his thought process and he will soon learn that if he places one on top of another he will build a tower, that if he hits them they will collapse and in the long run he will learn to place the larger ones at the bottom of the stack or the pile will collapse. He will learn to form lines, and he will group them by size, color and shape.

Lego, especially the large pieces made for small children are good at this stage. Your baby will learn that he can attach one to another and that he can make different shapes. These usually come in tubes that have different shapes on their lids, triangles, squares, circles and rectangles and will help your child to tell the difference between shapes when he tries to put a circle in a triangular space.

Toys that are made to attach one to the other are entertaining, trains have hooks and loops and your baby will soon learn to attach them. There are stores that specialize in toys for babies, they can make their own toys from different materials.

Play Activities
There are several simple activities you can do to teach your child how things that we use every day work, that seems obvious to us but will help him develop his motor skills.

Something as simple as filling a cup can be creative and help your child's development, as too can picking up his toys or placing his toy cars in their box are all the first steps towards more difficult games. He will also learn that a certain amount of water fills a cup, or that his cars will spill out if he turns the box upside down.

Classifying also helps your baby think about what he does with his hands and then imagine this mentally. These are the activities that allow your child to note the differences and similarities between objects. For example, you will notice that your child starts to separate his cars from his other toys.

When your baby has mastered the activities describe above he will be ready to play real games. And be able to understand how they work.

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