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With Your Little One!

Your child is totally into play, and imitating you. Here are some great ideas to make playtime a great learning experience too.
 


      

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With Your Little One

 
Your child is totally into play, and imitating you. Here are some great ideas to make playtime a great learning experience too.
 
Play
is an important way for your toddler to try out new skills and imitate
the things she sees around her. However, don’t set your expectations
too high when it comes to sharing. Children this age are generally not
able to share, and still prefer parallel play to interactive play with
other children. While there is a great temptation to buy lots of toys
with which to entertain your child, remind yourself that simply
spending time with you and exploring her surroundings can offer your
child (and you) plenty of hours of enjoyment.
Enjoy dancing with your child to music with different rhythms.

Talk with your child about everyday things. After 18 months, he or she will learn new words at a rapid rate.

Read simple books with your child every day. Choose books with cardboard or cloth pages and encourage your child to turn pages.

Make your own scrap book of objects or people he or she knows by using a small photo album.

Encourage language development by expanding on what your child says.
When your child says “kitty” you can say “Yes, the kitty is little and
soft.”

Play a simple game of “find.” Place three familiar toys in front of
your child and say, “Give me the _____.” See if he or she tries to find
it and hand it to you.

Encourage your child to play dress-up by providing a full-length mirror
on the wall and a “pretend box” filled with caps, scarves, and old
shoes.

 
 

 



      

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