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Games to Encourage Imitation Development32,799 Views
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Baby motor skill development comes gradually over time. Use these tips to help your baby develop his fine motor skills, such as stacking blocks, and gross motor skills, like crawling.
Description: Infants and toddlers love to imitate their parents, whether it's making a funny face or trying to copy them as they do chores. These behaviors encourage a child's mental development. Give your baby's brain a boost by playing these games to encourage imitation development.
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Newborns and toddlers alike love playing copycat games! During the first two months of your newborn’s life, your face will be her whole world! That’s because a baby of this age can’t focus on anything farther than eight to 16-inches away from her eyes, which is just far enough to make out the features of the person holding her! Capitalize on this interest by making funny faces with your baby. Smile wide, wink your eyes, stick out your tongue, raise your eyebrows, or whatever it is that makes your infant giggle. Or try slowly moving your head back and forth with your eyes locked on your baby’s. Don’t be surprised if she tries to imitate your silly faces, which is a skill even very young babies can master! This simple activity helps vision and hearing develop. And it teaches your baby social skills regarding both giving AND receiving attention. Fast-forward 12 months to your baby’s first birthday. Now, you can play a whole new imitation game with her! Toddlers of this age love to mimic the “grown-up” chores that you do, from raking the lawn to sweeping the floor. Make the experience more fun by buying some child-sized implements, like a broom, shopping cart, rake, or toolbox. The next time you have a task to tackle, encourage your little one to “help” you with her own tools. Of course, she won’t be the most coordinated sweeper or shopper now, but that’s not the point. Instead, it’s all about your infant exploring her mental and physical capabilities. Mimicking your actions also stimulates both her fine and gross motor skills. And the activity makes your child feel like an important part of the family, an emotional experience that’s invaluable to her! Get even more out of this activity by encouraging your toddler to imitate an older sibling’s actions. This makes your BIG kid feel important and capable, too, which is a winning combination for you, Super Parent!