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Ideas To Boost Your Children's Playtime Creativity

from: Valerie Christie - Guest Writer

when rainy days keep them indoors for longer periods, the fact that of being able to run outside and enjoy the sun, will eventually leave your kids in a difficult mood, but don not allow the bad weather to dampen their high spirits.

Here are some indoor activities that will help stimulates your little ones' creativity and also their brains, while enhancing your ability to meet their development needs.

Rattle Time – For ages up to 3 months

Newborn babies have the ability to see even at birth, although they cannot yet focus both eyes on a single object. Their distance vision is blurred, as a comparison it is approximately 10 to 30 times poorer than that of most adults. An infant's focusing distance is about eight to ten inches, but it's visual system will not develop further unless it is exercised.
Development Goals

- To practice grasping reflexes

- To refine hand-eye coordination

- To develop muscle coordination

Materials Required

- 3 kinds of rattles

Actions Required

- Rattles are a must have item for young babies, and using more than one color shape and size, provides variety for your child. Catch the baby's attention by shaking one rattle from a reasonable distance, which will encourage the baby to look in your direction, and attempt to to grab the rattle from you.

- Call out the baby's name and also let the baby see your facial expression as you are speaking.

- After a while, hold another rattle up and shake it again.

Tips For Better Results

- Provide positive encouragement when the baby successfully grasps a rattle, saying things like, "Wow, you did it, you are playing with the rattle, listen to the rattle!", "do it again", or "now touch this one." etc etc.

- To capture the infant's attention, use a high-pitched sing song style, and short sentences. Speak slowly and carefully, and emphasise the words that you especially want to get across to the child.

- When speaking to the baby, place your face very close to the baby's face so that the baby is able to see you very clearly.

Exercise Some Caution

- Check the rattles for sharp edges or construction defects,and because rattles do actually contain very small parts, check the rattle occasionally for normal wear and tear. Obviously you should dispose of defective rattles immediately.

Rockin' The Day Away – For ages 0 to 3 months

Infants have a lot to tell people who are round about them. They begin by communicating with cries, grunts and facial expressions, and moreover, they themselves love hearing human voices. Their first cry signifies the beginning of language development, and the first responses of their parents and caregivers, form their earliest social exchange and language learning.

Development Goals

- To develop receptive language skills

- To practice communications skills

Materials Required

- Rocking Chair

Actions Required

- Sit in the rocking chair holding the baby on your lap, so that both of you are facing in the same direction, and you should also Sit by the window, looking out to your back or front yard.

- While you are rocking back and forward, talk about what you see outside, use as many descriptive words as you can, and use your imagination as much as possible when you are talking to the baby eg:- "Look at your blue elephant. This is your toy." and so on.

- Reinforce any vocalizations the infant makes.

- To illustrate, say, "Yes, the elephant is walking away." Doing this may encourage the infant to continue to take part in the "conversation".

Tips For Better Results

- You can do this before the baby's nap time to help the baby relax, and hopefully sleep soundly.

- Variation by singing rather than talking to the infant is just as enjoyable for both parties.

Play time is the best time to teach your children to develop their creative faculties, and the above examples are just some of things you can do to prepare your child as he or she grows up. It is a fact that even at very early ages, kids are already well equipped to benefit from education, no matter how simple it may be.

Some parents think that play is just a waste of time, but on the contrary, play should never be misconstrued as a useless activity. In the child's early stage of development, it is probably one of the best ways that you will ever be able to communicate with him or her.

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