Senses: Children under the age of three explore and learn through their senses. To support development across all areas, use the following activities to engage and excite your baby or toddler.
Sound Discrimination: Pour unpopped popcorn, dry beans, dryrice or dry noodles into a cleaned water bottle. Glue gun or crazy glue on the top – or ensure the cap is fitter tightly closed. Place the bottle in a clean sock. Let your child explore the different sounds.
- As he gets older, can he guess what is in the bottle without looking?
- Make two of each kind and see if your child can find the match.
- Have your child shake the bottle out of the sock and then inside the sock and talk about the differences you hear.
- Listening Walk: Build awareness of the sounds of every day life. Take a stroll to a park or through your neighborhood. Help your child hone in on the sounds you're hearing, both natural and human-made. Explore every day sounds that interest your child, such as watching the dump truck work, or scouting out the nest of the bird in the tree.
- Packing Bubbles Pop Play: Tape down a sheet of packing bubbles and tiptoe or stomp across them. How many can your child pop?
- Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Experiments with sounds provide your baby with basic lessons about music. http://www.scholastic.com/resources/article/shake-rattle-and-roll/
- Fun With Wrapping Paper: Captivate your child with the sights and sounds of these crinkly activities. http://www.scholastic.com/resources/article/fun-with-wrapping-paper/