Let's have fun with 'inside and outside' today! Go to a grocery store or other shop to locate a cardboard box large enough for your child to crawl through. Cut off ends so two sides are open. You may want to put some soft material on the inside of the box. If your child is crawling, let your child crawl inside the box. Say, "________is inside the box." Let your child crawl outside the box. Say, "_____________is outside the box." Do this several times. Try asking your child to go inside the box. Then ask your child to come outside.
Your child may be attempting to walk. Have your child stand, holding on to one end of the laundry basket filled with toys, while you hold on to the other end. Begin to gently pull the basket towards you and see if your child begins to push. This may take some practice.
Children learn by using the sense of touch. Create an obstacle course for your child with pillows. Observe your child crawling over them. You can hold your child upright and watch your child try to walk across the pillows, (with your assistance).
Your child will love when you make up silly rhymes! Hearing rhythm and rhyming provides a wonderful language experience for your child! Use the rhythm of the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear," which can be found online. "Timmy, Timmy, what do you hear? I hear the duck quacking in my ear! Quack Quack!" Do the same with other animal sounds.
Children learn by using their sense of touch. Gather 2 long strips of velcro and show your child how they stick together. Hand them to your child and see what happens. Lay a strip on your child's high chair tray. Hand your child the other piece and see what your child does.
This fun activity will help develop your child's upper body strength. Locate a small brush with a handle. Take your child outside on the sidewalk, weather permitting. Otherwise, go in the garage or basement to 'paint' the floor with water. Put the brush in a small bucket of water show your child how to 'paint.' This activity requires little or no cleanup!
Children love the thrill of going down a slide. Make your own slide using cardboard and tape. Cut 2 long lengths from a large cardboard box and secure them together with duct tape. Place one end on a low chair and place pillows underneath the slide. Hold your child under the arms as you sit your child on the chair and guide your child down the slide.
Your child may be pulling up to a standing position by now. This vertical stance allows for many new activities. Take the cushions off the sofa. Line up some small toys on the sofa. Observe what your child does with the toys. Does your child pick them up and throw them on the floor? Does your child balance with one hand on the sofa and one hand on a toy? Does your child use two hands for the toy and balance against the sofa? Enjoy seeing what your child does.