Your child is trying very hard to learn the world around them – my mother in law said it perfectly when she called it his “job”. They may be tossing things, ripping things, trying to balance things, but it’s all a part of the growing process! Here are some DIY activities that you can create to allow your child to explore the world and see how everything works!
*Give them one of your old wallets – place old business cards that you are not using inside and have them practice opening, shutting, taking it out, and putting it back in; try to find a place with slots such as a chair and have them slip the cards between the slots to show them how objects fit within each other – they can do this forever!
*Use baskets and shelves – fill easily accessible baskets with things they can take down or throw out (e.g. – balls, blocks, blankets etc.); show them how different actions can be performed (e.g. – bouncing a ball instead of throwing it or shaking a blanket); show them how the clean up process works too.
*Create your own magnets – you can easily create your own magnets by printing out pictures and putting a magnetic backs on them; show them how magnets stick together; put the magnets up high and show them how to push it down low, from left to right, vice versa – lots of language can be incorporated into the activity!
*Concept of balance – the key is to show them how it works – you an get sticks, semi-circular items, etc. and try to have them stand up; when they fall down make commends such as “uh oh!
*Box of scrap paper – save newspaper, magazines, and paper you do not need and reuse it for your infant’s play; show them how you can rip it while saying the action word; try doing it at different directions and different speeds
*Empty bottles and caps – fill a box up with a variety of bottles that are not in use and show your child how to open and close them; you can start off by giving him/her the cap to have them practice closing; they will start seeing how objects relate to each other and begin doing it independently (definitely use supervision with this activity and others to make sure they do not put anything in their mouth).