Toes and fingers. You can use their toes and fingers and count those together. Make sure you do it slowly and out loud so that your child can copy you and remember the order of numbers.
Steps and stairs. Another way you can turn counting into a game is by going up the stairs. While your child learns to go up the stairs, you can make it more enjoyable by counting each step as you go up. However, most toddlers cannot count up to 10, especially at one year old, so you can repeat the numbers, such as “1, 2, 3.”
If your one-year-old counts out of order, that is perfectly okay. They are still learning and remembering numbers. The more you play the game, the better they will get at remembering the order.
It is an excellent activity to give them a jump-start on their basic number skills. Plus, it helps sharpen their one-on-one correspondence skills.
Call a Friend
An easy activity that your child will love is “call a friend.” With this activity, they can start learning how to verbalize and to converse. These pretend phone calls will help develop their social and language development.
Try to make it fun by holding phone calls with “other people” and not just to you. For instance, you can create silly characters or pretend to call another family member.
You can get a playhouse or a play tunnel for this game. You can also get a cardboard box and turn it into a playhouse. Make sure that they have an entrance and exit.
Show your child that you are playing house and encourage them to enter and exit through the given doors. It may take some getting used to, but your child will get the hang of it quickly.
Try to make the activity mentally stimulating and fun with pretend play. For instance, you can ring the doorbell or knock on the door and ask them if anyone is at home. That way, they will be encouraged to “open the door.”
As part of early childhood development, playing house is an excellent way to teach your child gross motor skills and social skills. Plus, it can help them learn what chores are, like cooking and cleaning.