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Name that Object Game

Duration: any

Age: baby, parent

Skill for Bub: Mind Builder

summary:

This is a great time to introduce Baby to abstract thinking games such as naming objects in her world.

This is a great time to introduce Baby to abstract thinking games such as naming objects in her world.

  • As you go through your day, take a minute and name familiar objects. For example, when she is playing with her blanket, you could say, “You love your yellow blanket so much!”
  • As you continue to name familiar objects, she may begin to reach for them as you name them. She also may be able to look for the object if you say the name. For example, if you say to her, “Where is your blanket?” She may stop what she’s doing and look around to try to locate her blanket.
  • Once you notice this processing, you may realize that she has mastered the significance of object permanence. She understands that her blanket is not with her, but that it is not gone forever; it is just not within her sight.

You also can take advantage of opportunities to learn while you are outdoors, which is a wonderful way to engage Baby in experiencing all her senses.

  • Smell flowers, tickle her with leaves and crumple dried leaves so she can hear the noise they make. Is it crunchy? Are they soft or prickly?
  • Describe everything she is seeing and feeling. Does the sunshine feel warm on your face? Is the grass soft?
  • Try to describe the sensory experience for her. Can you smell the bread coming from the bakery? Is the siren loud?

By describing your daily routines, you can nurture your baby’s interest in the world around her. See My Kind of Town for more adventures.