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Babies are born with an instinctive tendency to communicate and interact with others. But this tendency is not enough to get them into social life and you mothers, have to help your children increase their tendency and develop their capabilities to understand social concepts and better interact with others.
Family games and activities may be the best bet to get your kids closer to social life, as playing is a fine way to attract their attention and help them deal with the information they receive from their environment. Here is a list of the most common games and activities:
- Make some time to play ball with your toddler and roll it back and forth between you and him. Such kinds of games teach your child the concept of turn-taking that is based on waiting for turns and respecting others’ turns.
- Take your child outdoors, either to a restaurant, a museum, a store or a park. Let him see you interacting and communicating with people so he can learn the skill from you and practice it whenever he’s ready.
- Make funny and silly facial expressions and body movements, for such behaviors can entertain your child and encourage him to laugh.
- Prepare for some collective games and activities. Invite a group of children that have the same age as your kid to come over your house. Watch the children at play and observe closely the way your kid interacts with his peers so you can help him improve it later on.
- Introduce your toddler to facial expressions and body language by skimming through magazines, cutting faces with different expressions then guessing what they mean.
- Choose a sensory game and sit with your child to play it “with my turn, your turn”. In other words, start playing the game, then stop and call on your child to take his turn to play. Repeat the process over and over again, but remember to stop before your toddler gets bored.
- Play and your toddler with sand using the different tools and toys that kids usually love. Don’t forget to play this activity also by taking turns.
Those were some of the most important activities to stimulate toddlers’ social skills. Implement them or get inspired from them to have fun with your kid and enable him to better communicate and interact with people around... Let your imagination run wild!
Read More: Important Toddler Milestones
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