Activities to encourage communication – helping your baby identify their body parts
There are many specific activities to improve communication that can help infants develop an understanding of language. Language learning is not restricted to specific allotted times or special activities. Language is an integral part of our daily experience. Your baby learns best through play that is games and songs. Teaching your child about body parts is a great way to start, as this can increase your baby’s vocabulary and allow your little one to express personal feelings and needs.1,2
Usually, when your baby is nine months old she can identify her nose, eyes and gradually as she grows she adds other body parts to her vocabulary list.3
Here are some activities to teach your baby to identify their body parts based on their age:
- Stanislus County Office of Education. Activities to Encourage Language and Imitation. Available from: http://www.stancoe.org/cfs/handouts/speech/pdf/activitiestoencouragelangimitation.pdf. Accessed on 15th June 2017.
- Abbottfamily.com.sg. How to teach body parts to toddlers. Available from: http://abbottfamily.com.sg/articles/pre-school/body-parts. Accessed on 19th June 2017.
- Cheatum BA and Hammond AA. Physical Activities for Improving Children's Learning and Behavior: A Guide to Sensory Motor Development. Human kinetics. United States of America. 2000.
- The Connecticut Department of Social Services. Connecticut’s Guidelines for the Development of Infant and Toddler Early Learning:A Handbook For Caregivers of Young Children. Available from: http://www.ct.gov/dss/lib/dss/dss_early_learning_guidelines.pdf. Accessed on 19th June 2017.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn the Signs. Act Early. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/pdf/parents_pdfs/milestonemomentseng508.pdf. Accessed on 19th June 2017.