Robert Fulghum correctly stated -“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”
Children in their first five years have a great observation power and catch everything you do, act or make them learn. According to infant- development experts these years are crucial and prime time for learning, but sometimes it may become difficult to think of new ideas to stimulate and keep your baby busy. Here’s a list of fun activities and toys that help you engage your kid and also accelerate his learning from the earliest age. They are a great source of education and important to boost your baby’s development.
Learning spatial awareness and developing knowledge about colors, basic counting and shapes are made easy with this toy. The attractive and colorful design invigorates imaginative play and the specially built wooden blocks are safe for children for chewing on. This is recommended for babies of 10 months and above.
This is a spirally designed toy to wrap around the infant carrier’s handle. This is a fun toy providing babies to play and learn on the go on car seat itself. Newborns to 6 months old babies are recommended to use this.
This toy is specially designed to develop curiosity and enhance the motor skills of the baby. The plush fish is made of unique fabrics which are washable and consists of hidden features such as crinkling items and mirrors to keep the baby engrossed. 1 month old babies to kids up to 3 years old.
The motor skills are essential for a child to be developed at the right age. This appealing block and basket set helps the toddler in improving the motor skills as well as the problem solving skills. Understanding shapes and colors are made easier with this toy set and storing it is simple. This is recommended for babies of 6 months and above.
The overall development of a baby is really necessary and most of the parents are worried about that. This toy is made in such a way that it will cover all the aspects and looks after the proper development of the child. The set consists of five toys: a squishy ball, a rattle, a soft book, butterfly teether and some links. Newborns and babies up to 3 years old can use it.
An interesting way to teach and guide children is by handing them this educational toy and let the kid re- create it on a daily basis. It can be played by separating pieces for sitting and playing, standing babies can enjoy it as it is locked in stationary position and toddlers can play as it is mobile. 6 months old till children up to 3 years old are recommended to play with it.
Make you little master well aware of colors, numbers, and animals while taking a bath. This set helps in exciting senses and developing motor skills with its six mix- and- match toys. The toy is recommended for kids of 6 months and above.
Teach your baby about textures, colors, lights, and music with this jumbo mat. This is a multimode grow- with- me gym packed toy with various learning games. Newborns to 3 year old toddlers are welcome to play with it.
Specially made with eight colors and patterns this ball makes the baby learn about different colors and textures. This plush ball carries tags and mirrors which is helpful in developing the creative mind of the kid while playing. This is recommended for kids of 6months old and above.
This toy is an interesting one which can engage the baby completely and make him learn shapes, colors, and numbers. When the baby stacks the five distinct colored rings on the elephant’s trunk, the colors, numbers, and shapes will be called out by the elephant which will help the kid in learning. When the stacking is done kids can watch him sneeze by pushing the tail and sending the rings down back ready to be played again! This toy is recommended for toddlers of age 6 months to 4 years.
BONUS Toy :
Crate & Barrel Busy Baby Activity Chair
With sensory stimulations, fancy and cozy seat, this is a specifically made chair for the baby. The crinkling, rattling, squeaking and reflecting features of the removable tray in the toy helps in keeping the baby busy and making them learn various textures and sounds. Babies of 3 to 9 months old are recommended for this toy.
The tasks with a child do not limit to feeding them, changing diapers and making them sleep but when the infant is in your hands, there are many things you can make them learn as well as many games for them to play with. Not games like kicking a ball can be played by the baby in the early stages but of course there are a lot more fun activities that they might get interested in and also which will be helpful for their development.
Amanda Gummer, a research psychologist specializing in child development and spokesperson for the Genius of Play, says- "It's a myth that babies can't play, even if they don't seem to be 'doing much' yet—they’re still taking everything in.” in a movement to raise awareness about the importance of play in kids’ lives. She also says, “Playing is a great way for parents and caregivers to build that vital bond with their baby, while sensory stimulations help baby's brain grow.”
- Written ByShreoshree Chakrabarty