According to psychologists, baby’s development depends on her parents’ attitude to it. When playing with your 11 month old, choose activities that increase your little one’s cognitive interest, not only by improving the nascent speech, but also by teaching your child to walk, to express her wishes, and distinguish objects. At this age, coordination of movements and fine motor skills are improved. And the following cognitive aсtivities for infants will enhance your little one’s quicker and more active development.
Speaking on the phone
Talk to the child on a cardboard phone, trying to change your voice. You will be surprised how attentively the baby will listen to you. Then fool around a bit by saying some sounds on the phone: ba-ba-ba or ma-ma-ma! Give the phone to the baby. Perhaps she will want to repeat these sounds.
Put the toys upside down
Place the toys turned upside down in a row in front of the child (for example, the teddy bear stands on its head etc.). See whether the kid will fix the “position” of her friends.
A toy with a ribbon
Attach colorful ribbons to two most favorite toys of your child, for example, to a car and to the teddy bear. Put them at some distance from the baby so that she can reach them just by pulling a ribbon. Ask the child to give you the teddy bear first, and then the car. Soon, she will learn how to get a right toy. Try to play by hiding one toy and then both ones so that the baby could see only the ribbons.
Make a few red cardboard cubes and a yellow one. Place a bell into the yellow cube. Watch your little one whether when finding the cube with the bell, she will be able to distinguish it by the color.
Search and find
Pictures in a book
At this age, you can already view large bright pictures in books with your kid. Especially convenient are the ones of animals. When pointing at an animal, utter the sound it says. A cat says meow-meow, a dog says woof-woof, a mouse says squeak-squeak, etc. Such activities are useful for development of hearing, articulation, and, of course, for understanding of speech. Soon, when asked what a horse says, your child will gladly reproduce the sounds and intonations you pronounce.
Time for music
Take a cereal box and turn it into a kids drum. Give the baby a wooden spoon and show how to beat it on the box.
Show the child how to push a small car or a truck so that they along on the floor. After a while, the kid will learn to push the car on his own so that it will go for a long time.
Outside the window
If you hear how a plane is flying or a bird is singing, bring the child to the window and tell her about the thing you see.
Through a tunnel
Let a toy car go through a cardboard tube. The child will look forward to its appearance at the other end of the tunnel.
Pushing a stroller
If the child is just learning to walk, let her push a small stroller. That’s a useful exercise that will help your child learn to balance and stop in time. (For a lightweight stroller to become more stable, place a heavy book in it.)
Activity with a ball
Push a ball so that it rolls towards the child, and let the kid push it back to you. Sing a song and play the ball, trying to maintain the rhythm.
Wrap the toys
Wrap the toys with some foil or paper towel, and let the child unwrap them. Do not tie them with a string or a ribbon.
A play of shadows
On a sunny day, take the baby for a walk and show her how the shadows move. Stand on her shadow, and let her stand on yours.
Give the child a sponge and let her help you by tidying up her table and chair.