Children this age seem to love crawling in and out of spaces. Give your child his/her own special space by providing several a large boxes. Use the words "in" and "out" as your child moves from box to box.
Children love exploring nature! Weather permitting, take your child outside and observe what your child responds to in nature. This is a good time for you to be a quiet observer. If your child looks at you and points to an object, say the name of the object. Talk with your child about everything you see.
Children love to sing and dance to the rhythm of music. Try singing and dancing to:
"Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush,the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush,
Here we go round the mulberry bush,
So early in the morning."
Make up the rest of the song and do the actions. Example: This is the way we twirl around, This is the way we go up high-This is the way we go down low.
This is a fun way for you to accomplish tasks around the house as your child observes you. Use the rhyme, "Here we go Around the Mulberry Bush." Use it when you do some activities with your child today. Example: "This is the way we take a bath, take a bath," etc. Even if you are doing something and your child is watching you, you can sing about it. This will keep your child engaged and still free you to do the things you need to do. ("This is the way I check my email...")
Children love puppet play! Locate a hand or finger puppet. Sit across from your child. Sing a song pretending the puppet is singing to your child. Observe your child's reaction. Your child may try responding to the puppet.
Today, enjoy following your crawling infant around and explore the world from a new point of view. Simply get on your hands and knees and follow 'the leader'. When your child stops to look around, comment on the surroundings, "The tiles are a little cold to touch," "Do you see the green carpet?" etc. Take note of what seems to interest your child. On subsequent days, observe how the path direction changes and/or stays the same.
Children love nursery rhymes! Try holding your child under the arms. Swing your infant back and forth and recite:
"Hickory, dickory, dock, the mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one, The mouse ran down,
Hickory, dickory, dock."