Use materials that demonstrate cause and effect
Provide materials which infants and toddlers can use to mimic adult activities
Think of a play corner furnished with home items such as old but clean pots or pans. Create a dress-up corner with hats, handbags and skirts which are easy to put on and off. Or try giving the child a doll or teddy bear.
Children can imitate an adult caregiver by learning to care for a favourite toy – they might even enjoy pushing a teddy in a small stroller. Children can learn to share by pretending to feed others when they imitate how an adult prepares food for them and feeds them.
Infants and toddlers are learning all the time and how to function in our world; they look to adults or older siblings to model their behaviour, tone of voice, even mannerisms and even language. Their sense of belonging and connections to people around them is important to develop trust and secure attachment which is fundamental at this developmental phase.
Provide lots of space for movement and dancing Infants and toddlers need to move. They do not understand “Wait, we will go outdoors.” They only know that they need to move NOW. As they change from “on the spot” to “on the go” babies, they cannot contain their eagerness to explore on their own. It is all part of their development and the motivation to learn and grow.
Board books and picture books are ideal for this — but don’t forget, books need to be durable. You may even want to make puppets using socks to resemble the main character of the book or rhyme so as to engage the infants and toddlers further.