Play Stages for your Baby’s Learning

 

It is time to feel...
 
 
From birth
 
Smile at your baby often 
Cuddle and hug your baby 
Play with your baby
 
 
18-24 months
 
Your baby will show feelings of being happy, angry or sad
 
 
2-3 years  
                                                      
Plays next to other children 
Encourage make-believe play 
 
 
It is time to move about...
 
 
3-5 months
 
Moves arms and legs 
Rolls from side to side
 
 
6-9 months
 
Sits and hold toys
 
 
9-12 months
 
Crawls and pulls to stand
Stands holding on
 
 
1-2 years
 
Stands alone, walks, squats to play
 
 
2-3 years
 
Runs, climbs stairs up and down, pulls large toys, throws/kicks ball
 
 
It is time to play... 
 
 
3-6 months
 
Reaches out for cubes/ toys (toys that make sounds like rattles)
Passes cube from hand to hand
 
 
6-12 months
 
Plays with various hand toys
 
 
10-15 months
 
Enjoys games like pat-a-cake/peek-a boo
 
 
15-24 months
 
Build tower of 2-3 cubes, post shapes, scribbles
 
 
2-3 years
 
Builds train of cubes, draws and threads beads 
 
 
It is time to talk...
 
 
From birth
 
Responds to sounds
 
 
3-6 months
 
Make sounds; look at your baby’s eyes
 
 
9 months
 
‘Peek a Boo’ games; encourage babble
 
 
15-18 months
 
Looks at picture books and uses single words
 
 
2-3 years
 
Points and names pictures
Uses more words, puts words together and asks questions 
 
 
 
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