Between your child’s newfound walking ability and improving language skills, spending time with your 1-year-old is fun. This is important because spending more time with your child enhances his development. Between the age of one and two years, children start doing things on their own and they actively engage with others. Therefore, interacting, teaching and exposing your child to age-appropriate experiences and challenges encourages development and learning as they interact with their environment. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to purchase a mountain of toys, simple activities work well.
Simple But Fun Games that Help in the Development of a Child
Push me, pull you
Can your child pull himself up on his two feet and try to walk? You can help enhance your child’s motor skills by practicing with a game that can enhance his push and pull skills. Begin by using a movable object, for instance, a plastic box. While your child holds the edge of the box for support, you can hold the other end and keep it steady and slowly pull it towards you to encourage your child to step forward. With time, your child will start to push as you pull. This game will boost your child’s confidence, and he will soon start walking on his own.
Who’s Hiding Here?
Your child will love simple hide and seek games. You can play every day in the morning and take turns to hide under the duvet, and pretend to wonder where he’s gone. During bathing time, you can also play by hiding under a big towel. As you child hides, you can tease him by gently probing and asking “is this your leg?”. These games are important in teaching your child the concepts of object permanence.
Ride-on Bouncy Toys
Babies enjoy riding on bouncing toys for I year olds from the age of nine months and sometimes even before they can walk. Gripping the handles helps strengthen the hand muscles and stability. As your child jumps up and down, their legs strengthen after they begin walking. When your baby is able to balance, he can now propel the bouncy toy forward and backward which develops his gross motor skills as he uses his arms and legs to steer the toy in the direction he wants to travel.
Benefits of Bounce Toys
Vestibular stimulation: Whether your child is bouncing gently or jumping repeatedly, the bounce toys provide your little one with vestibular stimulation. The vestibular system is located in the inner part of the ear, and it controls the sense of balance and movement which plays a major role in the development of a child.
Muscle strength, tone, and posture: Jumping and bouncing exercises involve nearly every muscle in the body and this encourages muscle strength and improves the posture.
Fun, health and fitness: A study by NASA proved that jumping and bouncing is a much better workout than running. This exercise improves the blood circulation, digestion, stimulates internal organs, strengthens the immune system, and promotes lymphatic circulation and drainage. Improved oxygen circulation to the brain of your kid helps to keep him alert and refreshed. It also stimulates releasing of endorphins that reduce anxiety and stress which keeps your child happy.
Body awareness, sensory input, and integration: Bouncing and jumping stimulate almost every sense in your child’s brain, and this increases brain activity. Because the vestibular system directly governs the auditory and visual functions, bouncing aids the development of auditory-motor skills, vision, and visual-motor skills. Bouncing toys also provide proprioceptive input and kinesthetic awareness which is important in the development of body awareness.
Bouncy toys are fun, and they offer physical fitness for your child. This includes moving the body as well as exercising for a few minutes without them realizing.