Thanks to my partner, Huggies, for a the great idea listed in # 3
Our daughter is one year old (one & a half) and she is so much fun! I wanted to share 5 learning activities for a one year old because our little Allie loves these activities so much!
1- Ready, Set, Go… I will sit on the other side of the room and say “ready, set…” When she says “GO!” I will open my arms and she will run towards me! She laughs SO hard when we play this game.
This game is great for:
2. Cause & effect
4. Gross Motor skills (running or crawling to you)
2- Itsy Bitsy Spider tickle: I will sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider song, but when I sing “up the water spout” and “washed the spider out” and “dried up all the sun” … I will tickle her. She sings along, but when she knows that these phrases are coming up, she will stop singing and put her hands on her belly to try to shield it from the tickles. She laughs hysterically, even before I tickle her.
This game is great for:
1. Cause & effect
2. Awareness of body parts
3. Bonding with your child
4. anticipating what is coming next (prediction)
3. Changing her clothes & even her diaper can be a great learning game for her. Yes, a daughter has brought many dresses, hair bows and pretty outfits into our home! I like to try on her many outfits (thanks to my friend’s for passing on so many beautiful outfits!) and our daughter has fun trying them on, too.
My Mom said that I was the same way when I was her age. Allie will let me put her in a new outfit and then she will walk to each one of her three big brothers and point to her dress and hair bow, just to show them her outfit and hear their reaction (“Oh, you look so pretty!” “You are the prettiest sister!” “I love your pink shirt!”) She smiles at each compliment and then she will come back to me and let me change her again.
I encourage her to help get herself dressed (pushing her arms through her sleeves, pulling on her diaper when I use the Little Movers. (You can slip them on because the diapers come pre-fastened and require no adjustments for a quick and easy diaper changes.) Plus, they do not leave red marks on her soft skin! They keep her outfits dry, too.
Changing their clothes teaches:
1- Awareness of body parts (we talk about her hands, legs, arms, head… when she is getting changed)
2- Understanding what comes next (first the head, then the arms, then your hands come out of the sleeves… You need socks BEFORE shoes…)
3- Seeing how others react is important to children- another cause & effect. (when she shows them, they say something nice to her)
4. Play “cooking in the kitchen” – we will play with the bowls, spoons, pots and pans in our kitchen. We pretend to mix things (I will throw a few blocks into a bowl and we will mix them with a spoon).
1. Sound (how to make sounds with the spoon, blocks…)
2. Cause & effect
3. Fine motor skills
4. Counting (count the blocks in the bowl)
5. Taking turns (you mix, now I mix)
5. Water play. Give them a bath or build this easy DIY water table and let them play in the water (even a bowl of water will be a blast for a one year old!) Remember- DO NOT LEAVE A CHILD UNSUPERVISED IN WATER. They can drown in even one inch of water, so don’t even leave them alone with even a little bit of water!
We use the water table almost every day in the spring and summer. I fill it with: Cups, toys, spoons, slotted spoons, toy cars & boats, straws (they blow bubbles in the water). Just be sure to clean the water tub & change the water often. I change our water several times a day because they use it SO much!
1. Problem solving (“Ok, the water is going through the slotted spoon… I better use this one instead”)
2- Fine motor skills (squeezing, pouring)
3- math (before/after and more/less – for example, there is less water in the container when it splashes out or when it is dumped it out)
4. Speech (blowing bubbles into water is great for oral muscle development. See more ideas for increasing your toddler’s speech here)
Of course- there is always reading!! Our little one reads books to herself & I read to her. Here she is, getting ready for bed, in her top & her HUGGIES® Little Movers Slip-On® Diapers, reading her favorite ABC book (passed down from her three big brothers!)