I love being a stay-at-home mom! Summer was great because we moved into a house in the country with a huge backyard and we were always venturing outside to explore and play. Now that fall is officially upon us, the colder, damp weather has kept us indoors and we’ve had to get a creative so that we don’t end up doing the same things every day! My little man is so smart and I want to keep up with his passion for learning by creating new and fun activities. Here are a couple things that we’ve come up with so far!
The Color Game
This one is simple! I took a box of Fruit Cheerios and some colored mixing bowls and set them out for my little man.
He didn’t need much prompting. He loved dumping one bowl into another bowl. We tried sorting by color, but he was too excited about dumping them into other bowls! As he gets older, sorting by colors will be easier, and counting, too (we can only get up to 10). While he was playing, we talked about which were the little bowls and which were bigger bowls. We also used Baby Sign Language to talk about the different colors of the bowls.
He could also snack as he played, which he really enjoyed! I got out my muffin pan so that we could count out cereal into each tin, but again, he was more interested in dumping the bowls over the pan. We’ll try again another time!
Overall, it was a simple and successful game that kept us busy for about an hour before he started making a mess, which was my cue that he was done!
Honestly, I don’t even remember how my husband and I came to the agreement that we were going to start baby sign language with our son. It was important to both of us to instill a passion of curiosity and learning into him as early as we could. I think one day when I was pregnant I may have said something like, “I think we should do baby sign language.” My husband jumped on board right away!
It turns out there are a lot of benefits to teaching babies sign language:
A Genius Baby
The early exposure helps develop baby’s reasoning and communication skills. From personal experience, it really did encourage a desire to learn within our son because to him it’s a game. We walk around the house finding the different colors and naming objects with words and sign. Not to mention when we are outside of the house and somebody sees him signing, they immediately comment on how smart he is…HELLO parental ego boost!
A Chill Baby
Because babies that know sign language can communicate needs and wants at a younger age, that means fewer meltdowns and tantrums. What parent doesn’t want that?! It also aids in speech development. So while other toddlers are at the park are running around screaming in frustration because mommy and daddy can’t figure out what they are saying, my son walks over to me while simultaneously saying and signing that we are outside playing in the grass. WIN!
A Happy Baby
Baby sign language is a total confidence and self-esteem booster! My husband and I always get so excited when our son catches onto a new sign, whether we’ve been working on it for months, or he grasps it within a day! And it’s so adorable to see how excited he gets when he figures it out, too! I can see the little baby pride radiating from him whenever we tell him how smart he is.
So…how do you get started?