By 13 months, most babies begin to take tiny steps, get their first teeth, and get used to solid foods. As their movement becomes easier, they get more curious about their surroundings and show particular interest in learning new things. You can utilize this interest to teach them something new through various learning activities. Read on to know about some learning activities for 13-month-olds.
1. Peek A Boo Under The Cover:
This is one of the best activities for 13 month old baby. It will be your toddler’s very first dose of playing hide and seek. Your toddler will love finding you, or an object, or even hiding and being ‘found out’ by you.
- Any sheet, blanket or a big cloth or towel your baby can use for hiding.Seriously, you know how to do it. It can even be fun for adults.
- Start by clearing up space. Remove all toys and any other objects that might cause distraction.
- It will also help to prevent your toddler from tripping over and getting hurt.
- Take a sheet and make sure your toddler can see you as you slowly start covering yourself.
- For the first few times, you can simply hold up the sheet and hide behind it, if not under.
- Ask your toddler ‘Where is mamma?’
- Your toddler will try searching for you by exploring around the sheets. You can help by taking out your hand and guiding where to find. You could also peep out a little and smile at your toddler, and then hide again.
- Slowly, as your toddler understands the game, you can help your toddler hide too.
The activity will teach your toddler that objects remain in one place. It also teaches them that just because something is covered, does not mean it is gone.
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2. Climbing The Pillow Mountain:
Your toddler will love climbing over objects and overcoming various ‘hurdles.’
- Any safe objects on which your toddler can climb and bounce – huge pillows and cushions, a small bean bag, big cardboard box, plastic storage containers (make sure the edges are not harsh and your toddler can easily get in and get out of them.
- Clear up the area and remove any other objects on which your toddler might trip or can get hurt.
- Place the containers around the room in an upside down position near a low couch. It will help your toddler climb.
- Place the cushions around so that your toddler can bounce and jump too.
- You can also place a cardboard box sideways with the flaps open. Your toddler may want to crawl and sit inside.
The activity will help to develop your toddler’s balancing skills, gross motor skills and problem solving.
3. Reading Time:
At this age, your toddler will love exploring new books.
- Any good colorful books with large pictures.
- Sit down with your toddler in a cozy and quiet place. Remove all distractions as much as possible.
- Open the book and point at familiar objects. Say out the word loud. Encourage your toddler to read by pointing to new pictures and saying the word out loud.
- Help your toddler relate to things in the book to actual things around. Point to a baby and say ‘baby.’ Then touch your toddler and say again ‘baby.’
The activity will help your toddler develop language and verbal skills. It will also help in developing attention and an understanding of the world around. If you have an overly active toddler, you may want to choose reading time after meals or before bed.
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4. Shake It Baby:
After playing with rattles, your baby will love this homemade version.
- Two empty toilet paper rolls
- Some colorful magazine pages
- Rice shaped cereal
- Seal of the end of the tubes so that you can fill them up with the cereal.
- Using the magazine paper, cut two circles bigger than the end of the toilet paper roll.
- Place a circle over one end of the toilet paper roll tube and fold it down.
- Fasten to the tube using tape and wrapping it around the edge of the circle. Fill the tube with cereal.
- Cut two more circles and tape them to the ends that are not covered.
- Play some music and encourage your toddler to shake the new rattle to the beats.
The activity will help your toddler understand rhythm, develop fine motor skills and also help motor skills.
5. Toss The Ball:
Let your toddler play this fun tossing game.
- An empty cardboard box
- Old paper to make balls
- Open the cardboard box properly so that your toddler can toss the balls.
- Let your toddler stand or sit at a distance and show how to toss.
The activity will help your toddler understand the concept of distance and develop motor skills.
These activities will help your toddler develop various skills and make for some good indoor time. There are many fun activities that can brighten your day and keep your toddler on their toes. It’s never too early to start lasting memories.
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