The Birth of a Book Habit
- Doodle and scribble. When Baby is old enough to sit in a chair (either on your lap or in a high-chair) and hold a crayon, give him or her paper and large crayons. Encourage baby to scribble and color. Large blank paper works well because young children are more likely to make large motions when coloring. Exposing children to art activities encourages fine-motor development, eye-hand coordination, imagination, creativity, and cognitive development!
- Don't underestimate the power of touch. Touch is a necessary part of bonding with a baby. Some research shows that touch promotes brain development, physical growth, and emotional development. Cuddle with your baby.
- Let your child scribble using food items such as yogurt or pudding in their high chair or a washable tray. This way your child will learn fine motor control, have fun, and eat at the same time.
- Skills Learned: fine motor skills, attention skills, problem solving, observation skills.