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10 Development Activities

Your baby’s first few years are a journey of discovery, as their mind opens, their body becomes stronger and they grow to understand the world and their place in it. Everything presents a learning opportunity and, during the early years, it’s important that they are exposed to as many activities with developmental potential as possible.

The good news is that the best developmental activities for your child are the ones they encounter through play – all you have to do is give them access.

The experiences children have during their first five years have a tremendous impact on the development of their brains, their health, and their future as adults. 

1) Try Out Textures

Toddlers are sensory learners who love to touch, smell, and taste to understand the world around them. Use a dark marker to trace letters of the alphabet and/or numbers onto poster paper; then have your tot decorate the letters with textured items such as sandpaper, beans, cotton balls, pastas, and pipe cleaners.

Touching the letters gives kids the opportunity to feel the way a letter is formed. For little ones learning to write, their fingers can experiment with the shape of a letter before grasping a writing utensil. Each day, say the letters and numbers out loud as your child runs his fingers over them. Later on, extend the activity by creating a poster that spells out his first name. Soon your child will notice these letters on signs, posters, and billboards.

2) Try Measuring Up

Using everyday items, teach your child to measure. Although a ruler is the most common measuring tool, experiment with months, seasons, or time of year to make the learning process interesting. Have your child lie down on the grass and then line up apples next to her to measure how many "apples tall" she is at certain ages.

Or determine how many "Legos tall" the couch is or how many "wooden blocks wide" the refrigerator is in your home. For extra fun, discover how many of your child's books it will take to cover your bed. Always count as you lay down the different objects, and soon your child will be counting and measuring in all different ways!

3) Label Your Household

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