Children love to play with blocks! Give your child blocks that are small enough for your child's hands. Try building a simple tower. Let your child knock it down. What does your child do with the blocks? Stacking blocks will take time and your child will love doing this with you when older. Right now building and knocking down towers is a fun learning experience.
Your child learns using the sense of hearing. Find a bell, a shaker, a drum, and keys. Hide all of these objects under a blanket. Put your hands under the blanket and make a sound with one of the objects. Pull out the object and say, "Bell". Continue with the other sounds.
Children love the feel and sound of tearing paper. Gather different kinds of paper, (wrapping, tissue, notebook, etc). Show your child how to tear the paper and put it in the empty trash basket. Make sure you have different kinds of paper that will make a variety of sounds.
Your child will love the feel of squeezing a nerf, (sponge) ball! Put a nerf ball in a large bowl of water. Squeeze it with your two hands. Repeat the activity putting the nerf ball in your child's hands. Watch your child squeeze the ball! This activity promotes the development of your child's hand muscles, which is important for writing.
Visual tracking is important for your child's development. Locate a large mixing bowl and small plastic ball. Drop the ball in the bowl. Turn the bowl slightly until the ball rolls around. Observe your child tracking the movement of the ball. Let your child drop the ball in the bowl and repeat.
Where is the sound? Put instruments around the room. Put a music box under a blanket. Put a triangle under another blanket. Put a shaker under another blanket. Put the three blankets in different parts of the room. Go to one of the blankets and wind up the music box. Leave the box under the blanket. Ask your child, "Can you find the music box?" Observe your child. Continue with the other instruments.
Children love to play with balls! This activity will develop eye/hand coordination, an important pre-reading skill for your child. Enjoy playing the game "Ball Roll" with your child. Select two or three balls of different sizes. Sit a short distance from your child at first. Spread your legs apart and encourage your child to do so. Roll one ball at a time to your child. Ask your child to roll it back to you.
Keep a laundry basket in your child's play space. Fill it with balls of all sizes. Your child may tip it over and spend a long time playing with the balls. What does your child do with the balls?