I have been worried about Baby OL being bored at home. She loves it when we go out, she is social, waves at everyone and is quite a little show off. It is very cute. I have also been worried that she is not getting enough stimulation so I have been reading books and blogs on activities for a 1 year old. And it turns out I am doing ok.
The biggest thing seems to be messy play. Now, I don’t really understand the need for this…. Don’t most 1 year olds get enough of that when they eat – or is that just mine?
On the weekends I don’t tend to bother about how much mess she makes, as long as some food goes in her mouth. It is summer here, so most of the time I just strip off all her clothes and let her loose. Generally I give her a spoon and keep one for myself (to actually feed her with). I will let her put her spoon in the bowl but that normally progresses to fingers.
One of the other things I let her do is stick her hands in the cat’s kibble when I am feeding them. She gets so carried away she ends up with both hands in up to her elbows in the container. But she seems to love it. I guess the only problem is that the food is slightly oily and the crumbs stick to her fingers. She then tries to lick her hands – gross – cat food, but she does not seem to mind the taste (I am sure if she did she would stop doing it).
I have also recently let her loose with playdough. Oh the joys, she flings it all over the place, mooshes her hands in it and generally just has a ball. I was initially worried about her trying to eat it but then read a post that Teacher Tom wrote about Natural Consequence – something along the lines of the only way kids are going to realise it is not nice to eat is if they try it. He was right, she only attempted to eat it once. (Love his blog)
We also read a lot, she loves books and music, she also loves stacking things and we have a shape sorters and stuff like that. I love giving her something and then letting her figure out various things to do with it – like the spaghetti. It was really cute to watch her experiment with it, eat it, play with it and eventually decorate the cat in it. As she is getting older it is amazing to watch how quickly she will learn something. Last week she figured out how to make one of her toys play musical tunes (this week it has no batteries).
I am also amazed at how much she actually understands. I found this out the other day when I was asking why she had so much avocado in her hair… And she then pointed to her hair. I followed up by asking where was her hair and she pointed again. I now know she know bottom and toes as well….
I have decided to hold off on playschool for now. Firstly I can’t find one I like and secondly she is still really young. My mom is going to start coming round during the day and taking her out on little outings. I am also arranging more play dates and things for her on the weekends (which also gives me an excuse to meet up with my friends).