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Fine Motor Development for 8 – 24 months
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Young toddlers love to use their hands to explore the world. Provide your child with as many activities as possible to satisfy their curiosity and develop fine motor skills. Practice making vertical lines with sidewalk chalk. Paint during bath time with soap crayons, finger paints, or shaving cream. Use nontoxic clay or dough to roll,…

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Gross Motor Development for 8 – 24 months
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Getting active with your toddler is very simple. Encouraging these gross motor activities will develop your child’s skills and keep exercise pleasurable. Push/Pull and ride on toys are great for busy little people. Walk up and down stairs in your home while holding your toddler’s hand. Counting the stairs adds a bit of fun. Bring…

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Language Development for 9 – 12 months
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Babies learn from the words they hear around them. The more you talk and interact, the faster your infant acquires speech and language skills. • Read books to your infant in a slow clear voice to help your infant develop a rich vocabulary. • Sing songs to your baby providing finger play and gestures. •…

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Fine Motor Development for 9 – 12 months
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Fine motor skills involve the development of small muscle movements of the hands. Activities that require your little one to use their hands will develop these muscles. Here are some examples: Let your infant drop favorite toys in the bathtub making a fun splash learning to let go of an object. Offer an age appropriate…

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Gross Motor Development for 9 – 12 months
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Parents enjoy watching their infant crawl, pull up to stand and stand on their own. Encouraging and building your baby’s strength and coordination with gross motor activities is very beneficial. Make an obstacle course by spreading blankets and pillows on the floor. Sit across from your baby clapping and singing silly songs. Do what your…

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Infant Language Development
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Language refers to more than spoken words and begins the moment your baby is born. New babies listen to familiar voices around them and respond pleasurably.  You may already be encouraging your baby’s language skills and not even know! Sing songs and hum while holding your baby. Infants enjoy the repetitiveness of the melody. This…

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Infant Fine Motor Development
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An infant’s fine motor skill development involves small muscle movements of the hands & arms, following objects with his/her eyes, and beginning movements which involve hand /eye coordination. Here are some easy and interactive ways that introduce fine motor skills while enjoying quality bonding time! Encourage visual tracking by slowly moving a bright colored toy…

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