There are a variety of sorting toys for your child to enjoy. Pick a simple one that has three or four cut out shapes. Make sure the shapes fit easily into the cut out shapes of the toy. Let your child experiment putting the shapes in the matching slots. Show your child how to open the toy and empty the shapes so your child can do it again. This activity may take a long time for your child to master all the shapes.
Children love to pretend talking with you. Locate two used cell phones, (or play phones) so both you and your child can 'converse'. Talk with your child and wait for your child to 'respond' to you with sounds. Do this back and forth. Your child may not want to sit very long for this activity. If this is the case, try another time.
Children learn language concepts through play. Infants seem to be fascinated with animals in books and when seen. Introduce farm animal figures to your infant. Show each animal to your infant. Name the animal and make the sound of each.
Weather permitting, place your child in a stroller and go on a nature walk through your neighborhood. Name everything you see. Stop and hold objects for your child to touch.
If you end up indoors, take a tour of your home and name everything seen along the way.
Bird feeders in your yard will help eliminate mosquitoes. They also provide a bird watching activity for your child! Begin by naming the birds: (Cardinal, Blue Jay, etc.) Try avoiding using words like birdie, duckie, etc. Children will absorb the proper names of objects and animals in their world in time. Download and print pictures of birds from your computer. You may want to make a photo album, bird book, or simply keep the photos in a container for your child to enjoy.
Developing language concepts is an important skill that is learned through play. Show your child how to 'open' and 'close' drawers, doors, boxes, etc. around your house. Use the words "Open" and "Close" frequently to reinforce the concept.
Children love books made by you. Try making an "Action Word" book. Take pictures of your child doing things and label each: "Tina can crawl." "Tina eats her banana." "Tina can push the truck." "Tina pulls the train," etc. Enjoy reading the picture book to your child. This is the beginning of understanding action words (verbs).
Children love pull toys! Use a safe toy with a pull string. Hold your infant on your lap. Put the string in your infant's hand. Observe what happens as you and your infant pulls the toy. Repeat the activity a few times until your infant sees the cause and effect of the activity.