Last updated on Feb 17th, 2021 at 08:36 am

Learning by playing is one of the most effective ways for a child to develop his sensory, auditory, motor and cognitive skills. These are the building blocks in later learning.

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Develop all the above skills by playing the following games with your 6- to 12 month-old:

  • Playing with blocks helps your little one use his problem-solving skills and he even learns about things such as gravity. Block activities can be simple, such as giving your child blocks to make a building or asking him to stack the blocks as high as he can. Always supervise your little one when he’s playing with blocks, especially if they’re small enough to fit in his mouth.
  • Playing with bubbles is a great way to develop eye-tracking skills as well as learning to use the two hands together.
  • Spending time playing games on his tummy is excellent for strengthening his back and neck muscles.

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  • If crawling, scooting or walking, your little one will enjoy an obstacle course where he can move over things like pillows, phone books or laundry.
  • Peek-a-boo! Use different variations; hide behind a towel, door or chair. Surprise him by popping your head out and saying peek-a-boo.
  • Children, no matter how old, enjoy the surprise of finding a hidden item. Loosely wrap small toys in washcloths or newspaper so they can be unwrapped easily.
  • Edible finger paints are an excellent way to start exploring with ‘painting’, as well as colour, texture and taste.

Make your own edible finger paint

Carrots for orange, strawberries for red and broccoli for green can be used to make coloured edible paint.

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  • Cut and cook or steam the carrots and broccoli like you would normally until super-soft (more so than when making normal purées).
  • Place in a blender and blend until very smooth.
  • Place the strawberries in a blender with a little water, and blend until smooth.