Children are constantly learning. Their early years are the foundation for growth and development, and they learn from the experiences they have each day. You can help your child learn by reading, singing, and playing with him or her every day. Click here for some fun activities based on the age of your young child.These activities are suggestions for helping your child’s development and growth. Each child develops at his/her own speed and may do more or fewer of the activities identified for a particular age below.
Birth to One Year Old
Babies learn about their environment by exploring and discovering things around them. This early stage is when they begin to develop cognitive abilities such as speaking, thinking, recollection, and logic. Additionally, babies start establishing their social skills through relationships with their parents, and others.
One to Two Years Old
Toddlers are very active and more conscious of themselves and their environment. Curiosity about new people and things increases, and toddlers will develop recognition, copy others’ actions, speak basic words, and listen to directions.
Two to Three Years Old
This is a time of emotional, cognitive, and social growth for toddlers; their development fosters their newfound curiosity and helps them understand more. Toddlers should be capable of classifying shapes and colors, articulating their feelings, and participating in activities such as playing with their imagination.
Three to Five Years Old
During this stage, children will notice their peers and other people outside of their immediate family. They have a strong sense of curiosity and will inquire more about their surroundings. They will communicate with others more which helps develop their behaviors, attitude, and personality. Children should be capable of noticing gender differences, interacting with other kids, remembering parts of a story, and singing along to songs.
Five to Six Years Old
During this stage, children are entering middle childhood. Children are becoming more self-reliant. This is a major time for social interactions, self-awareness, and cognitive and physical growth. Children should be able to get dressed by themselves, think about future goals, and do basic tasks like setting the table.
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