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Little one is busy using their senses to take in and sort through information as they expand their vocabulary and knowledge of the world.
Actively using their senses as they explore their world helps little one to build connections in the thinking brain.
Little one uses touch to explore and learn as the connections grow stronger in the thinking parts of the brain.
Keep bonding with them though touch because:
Let little one use their hands to play, like finger painting, clay and using other sensory materials because this helps them:
Little one learns more about their world through the different smells around them.
They are learning to tell good and bad smells, and comfortable and uncomfortable smells.
The thinking brain takes in smell and uses this information to help little one learn and remember new ideas. Smells are still helping them feel good about trying new foods.
Talk to little one about what different smells are because:
Point out to little one how great healthy food smells because this:
Little one’s vision is better and they are now fine-tuning all the visual skills they learnt as a bub.
They can now see all the colours and in proper three-dimensions.
There are more connections in the visual part of the thinking brain so it can respond better to what the eyes see, making vision much more sharp.
The eyes and hands are also working together better and so little one can do more, such as draw a circle and put pegs in holes.
Let little one have fun stacking blocks, rolling balls back and forth, drawing, cutting with scissors, using playdough and putting together puzzles because:
Information from this sense can help little one be more alert and pay attention which helps them to learn.
This sense is still giving their brain information about gravity, movement and balance so they can jump, skip, hop, run, kick and climb.
Let little one move their body in safe and fun ways by spinning, rocking, swinging, rolling, riding bikes and bouncing because:
Little one’s hearing has improved and now they can tell when someone calls from another room.
They can also hear the TV or radio at the same level as adults. Hearing is still the main path for little one to learn language. Little one’s hearing is still plastic, meaning the connections in the brain will keep improving with practise.
This is important so little one can develop listening, communication and social skills.
Read and share stories with little one to:
Play different sounds and talk about what little one can hear because:
This is an important time to lay the foundations for healthy eating.
Little one begins to understand how food can be used as bribes, rewards, and treats. They also learns they can refuse to eat.
At this age little one will also eat more outside the home, like at childcare and kindy.
It is an important time to encourage, support and model healthy eating.
Little one still needs to try lots of different foods to complete taste pathways in the brain.
Cook with little one, letting them be involved in preparing food in safe ways because:
Keep offering little one the same food many times because: