Learning Through Play: Baby Toys

Over the past several months, I have been going through my to delete unwanted images – duplicates, blurry photos, etc. It is hard to believe how fast time goes.

It feels so bittersweet to look at all of those sweet baby photos. My mama’s heart can hardly stand it – but as I’ve been soaking in these images, I’ve noticed a common theme: their toys.

Seeing these images has served as a strong reminder of the three things I believe are most important for little ones.

First of all, read with your babies. Talk about the animals you see, the colors you notice, the numbers of objects on a page, what is happening to the characters, how the characters are feeling, etc.

Allow them to ask you questions. They’re not ready to set still? No worries! Gift them with the freedom to roam and play while you keep reading with enthusiasm and silly voices, of course.

Secondly, play with your babies. Don’t worry too much about purchasing fancy new educational toys. In fact, you may even want to get rid of some of your toys and spend time playing with a select few that they really love.

Sure, there may be times when you might guide your baby toward a certain activity – What a fantastic opportunity for teaching them new things!

Last of all, live life with your babies. Consider how you can slow down a bit and include your child in the day-to-day conversations, experiences, and activities that are already a part of your family’s lifestyle.