G is 12 months old and we've just started doing some learning activities together.
Here are two of our favorite activities that are great for a 12 month old!
Jar and Buttons
I picked up some giant buttons at our local teacher supply store (here are some) and gave G a handful of buttons and a wide-mouthed jar.
I let him explore the buttons (and yes, he put one straight in his mouth but I'm always supervising these types of things and they are way too big to go in his mouth completely).
On his own, he started dropping them in, getting excited with each satisfying clink the buttons made on the glass.
As he played, I narrated by naming the colors or shapes. I know he wasn't totally paying attention to me, but I try and always provide a language-rich environment.
He would hand me buttons, which provided a great opportunity for practicing our signs for "thank you!" and "more," as well!
Pompoms and Muffin Tray
For this one, I gave him a small bowl of sparkly pompoms and a silicone muffin tray.
For quite a while, he just enjoyed touching the pompoms, turning them over in his hands, and shouting, "Ball!"
And since little ones this age are still learning through taste, he did pop a couple in his mouth. But, the sparkly poms did not appeal to him and he'd immediately spit them out. Again, just supervise!
He had fun tossing them, as well as handing them to me.
And then, I showed him how to put them in the tray.
He put a few in the tray until he decided that it was more fun to chew on the tray.
Which is, of course, just fine, too. :)
If your one year old seems ready for some learning fun, then go for it!
Written by Jill
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