Creative and imaginative play is how your little ones learn about the world, Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge." It is where creativity, ingenuity, and thinking outside the box begin form your baby’s development. Your child’s creativity is “born” during the second half the first year, as he masters certain skills and starts experimenting with them, He’ll shake a rattle to hear the noise, bang it to hear that noise and even imitate Isaac Newton, by dropping toys and teethers on the floor, to study the properties of gravity.
Following this, your little one’s creativity and growth will progress at lightening speed. Now that he has mastered the things in his world, he is going to want to know what is happening in your world. This means a lot of physical changes begin to happen. It feels like only yesterday you were cheering her on as she rolled over and now, you find yourself amazed at her strength as she pulls herself up the edge of the furniture, and wait was that a word? Keeping up with all the changes is a task in itself, so here are some of the things you can expect from your little ones creative mind as they grow.
From around 10 months old, your baby might have started practicing their words and by their first birthday may have a few of the basics down pat like mum, dad, hi and the dreaded no! This is all part of their pattern and sound recognition process that began back as a newborn listening to story time.
Having already learned what her hands can do along with having explored the concept of cause and effect, you may find bub performing purposeful hand actions like clapping and waving or blowing sloppy kisses. She may be pulling herself up along thing and bopping along when music is played.
By now he may have started imitating you or repeating sounds aware that he is creating interaction with you, even making sounds to ‘call out’ to you if you aren’t visible, knowing you are nearby. They start to develop their social skills, often smiling at new people as they enter the room or interacting with pets.
With these newfound skills, bub will begin to explore the concept of expectation, watching for when you return to the room. Now is a great time to start playing games with your little one that build on that forward thinking. You may find your little one offering up her hand for another game of round and round the garden or beginning a game of peek-a-boo as she develops her special awareness.
Now is such a special time for your little human, growing from a baby into a toddler and beginning to give you glimpses into their personality. Now is a great time to keep Mizzie involved in the journey, playing peek-a-boo with Mizzie behind a blanket and then relating the same game to the books using a ‘can you find Mizzie’ approach.
Now that bub has a solid grasp on what’s happening around him, it’s time to start interacting through the use of educational toys and tools. Whilst he may not know words, he can certainly use his voice and body to communicate.
Reading books with him is a great way to encourage recognition and imagination, asking questions during reading, feeling his way through “Mizzie Likes to help Bella-Boo” books and clapping along as the children sing nursery rhymes in “Sing with Mizzie Nursery Rhymes”.