9.3 Helping Infants Learn

                                                         By: Teryn Scott and Maggie Palmer

Encoraging Learning

Six ways that caregivers can encourage learning:

1. Learn about child development

2.Give the child time and attention

3. Provide positive feedback

4. Express love

5. Read

6. Talk

Appropriate Toys

Birth to 3 months: bright colors, moving objects, and interesting sounds. Examples: mobile hung above crib, bright colored wallpaper and pictures

4 to 6 months: things to touch, handle, bang, shake, suck and chew. Shouldn't be too small that is a choking/swallowing hazard. Examples: cups, raddles, plastic toys, and squeaky toys.

7 to 9 months: things to handle, throw, bang, and shake. Noise is a big thing at this stage. Examples: texture books, blocks, balls, pots and pans.

10 to 12 months: need things to crawl after. If they can walk, get toys they have to push or pull. Examples: baskets, boxes, picture books.


Manipulate- to work with the hands

Age-Appropriate- something is suitable for the age and individual needs of the child

Childproof- to take steps to protect the child from possible dangers

Extra Information

Household items are great for fun and learning expierences.

Look for toys that will remain interesting throughout the different months of the baby's first year.

Make sure a child's toys are kept separate from other kids' toys.

After playing with toys, keep them out of baby's reach.

Playtime is essential to intellectual development.

Toys are the tools for learning.

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