50 Things to Know to Enjoy Educational Activities During Babies First Year

50 Things to Know About Educational Activities During Babies 1st YearThe world of babies is exciting and fun, and there is no reason to just stare at your newborn baby for the next year.  Here are 50 activities that you can do in the next year to help your baby learn about the world around them.

  1. Repeat the affirmation to the child, “I am loved.”
  2. Strengthen their eye development through black, white and red stimulation cards.
  3. Sing the alphabet sounds to the tune of your favorite alphabet song.
  4. Sing to 100 in your favorite tune.
  5. Repeat the positive affirmation Learning is joyful.
  6. Expose your baby to different safe textures and talk about them.
  7. Listen to your babies coo’s and copy her to encourage verbalization.
  8. Touch different parts of the baby’s body and name of the body part.
  9. Make different facial expressions and describe them to the baby.  “I am happy.  I am sad.  I am excited.  I am mad.”
  10. Sing to 20 forward and backwards.
  11. Make different kinds of sounds and describe them.  Quiet sounds, loud sounds, knocking sounds, gentle sounds, harsh sounds, bell sounds, jingling sounds, popping sounds, etc.
  12. Play single music notes on a small keyboard and name them as you play.
  13. Describe your direction movements around the house as you carry baby from one room to the next.  For example, say I am going left, right, forward, backwards, up or down.
  14. Provide simple colored objects to the baby, and describe the colors.  “This ball is red.  This block is yellow.  This car is blue.”
  15. Repeat the positive affirmation to the child, “I love to learn.”
  16. Provide a large number line on a wall low enough for baby to touch. Point and count on the number line.
  17. Place labeled plane shapes on the wall for baby to touch and say the shape names often.
  18. Provide labeled 3D shapes for baby to hold.
  19. Take simple plain blocks and build short and tall stacks.  Describe what you are doing.
  20. Allow baby to touch keys on the keyboard, and name them as she touches them.
  21. As baby moves their body, describe their movements.  “You raised your arms.  You are kicking your legs.”
  22. Play with a basic shape sorter and describe the shapes and actions.  Let baby try to participate when they are ready.
  23. Point to shapes around them like the wipe is a rectangle or the tissue box is a rectangular prism.
  24. Label the baby’s environment with words and point to them while saying the names often.
  25. Read simple board books.
  26. Point to words on signs while you walk baby around the neighborhood.
  27. Describe what you see to baby as you walk the baby in the stroller.
  28. Read lots of rhyming books to demonstrate phonetic sounds and patterns.
  29. Sing rhymes for another opportunity to demonstrate phonetic sounds and patterns.
  30. Always point to words with your index finger as you say them to the baby.
  31. Listen and/or watch video songs on the planets.
  32. Listen and/or watch video songs on the continents.
  33. Listen and watch short video clips that show both the word and relating picture.
  34. Play with simple puzzles relating to daily objects, planets and continents.   Show them how to do the puzzle and offer opportunities for them to participate.
  35. Repeat the positive affirmation to the child, “I am brave.”
  36. Place objects one by one into a small clear container and count as you put the objects into the container.
  37. Pull objects one by one from a small clear container and count the objects.
  38. Use a dry erase board with nontoxic fumeless markers to write words of objects you place in front of the baby.
  39. Give the baby opportunity to make explore the world without you being involved.
  40. Use complete sentences to describe the baby’s world.
  41. Show objects of different sizes and compare and contrast the objects.  “This bear is bigger.  This cat is small.  This toy is softer.  This toy is taller.”
  42. Ask pondering question about the child’s world and do not always provide an answer.
  43. Push a ball back and forth describing the movements.
  44. Stack up blocks and then topple them over.  Describe what you are doing.
  45. Use a series of objections that go from small to large and put them in order from largest to smallest and smallest to largest.  Continue to describe your actions to the baby.
  46. Allow the baby to pick up things and put them into the clear container.  Count for the baby or describe the objects if they are different from one another.
  47. Repeat the positive affirmation, “I am confident.”
  48. Describe the colors and textures of the food baby is eating or drinking.
  49. Listen to the baby talk and reply to the baby in a warm, happy voice.
  50. Cuddle with your baby.

Make all experiences of learning joyful, and put away activities before the baby becomes bored.   Babies love to be guided in their learning, but they also like lots of opportunity to explore on their own as they get older.

About the Author:  Lacy is a fun, relaxed mommy blogger who believes are children are amazing.  She provides fun, easy tips on teaching baby, toddlers and preschoolers to read count and explore the world around them.  If you want to learn more about teaching babies and toddlers to count, read and learn so much more, come on over to Push PLAY Learning.