It is an excellent time for your child to play and experiment with music. Studies show that music can improve a toddler’s brain response to speech and music. However, they can do more than listen to music.
You can give your child percussion instruments, such as drums, cymbals, bells, pots and pans, spoons, and rattles. You can encourage them to get into music by letting them listen to music that has a rousing beat. Afterward, you can show them that the instruments can make those sounds.
At first, you can show them how to use the instruments and how they can make sounds out of it. Eventually, you can encourage and allow them to play the instruments alone. Playing musical instruments can help a child improve their listening skills and coordination.
A simple activity that you and your one-year-old can do is to play a game of “fetch.” You can ask them to do simple errands around your house. For instance, you can say “bring me the ball” or tell them to “find your shoes.”
While this activity is very simple, it has numerous benefits. For instance, it helps your child get a bit more exercise by moving around. Additionally, it is an excellent way to enhance their receptive language skills because they need to follow directions.
It will help them with their memory as well, because they will be focusing on what you asked them to get or find. They will also be able to feel accomplished and feel a bit of independence since they did something by themselves.
Change Their Reflection
An interesting way for you to try early learning activities for babies is to use their reflection. You can use a bit of red lipstick to put a tiny dot on your child’s face like on their nose or forehead.
Try to distract them for several minutes then place them in front of a mirror. If your child tries to wipe off their mark or touch the dot, it shows that they are aware that something is unusual with their appearance.
Young children do not often have a sense of self-awareness, particularly when they are very young. However, some one-year-olds will be able to notice the small changes in their appearance and realize that it is their reflection.