He notices the way they taste and smell when they are pulled into his mouth for comfort and texture exploration.
All the hands on work that he does lead to this....
...and much more. He is fascinated by what his own fingers can do everyday, the way they let him play.
The simple act of letting a baby hold and touch your fingers as you work and play is a connection their brains will make, and lead to more deliberate movements to obtain objects of desire. Toys, writing utensils, tools. We also use finger plays. Our favorites are classics like; The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Where is Thumbkin? This Little Piggy Went to Market, and Five Little Ducks. They increase early eye-hand coordination, fine motor, gross motor, and memory and language skills.
What finger plays or games are you using to engage your baby?
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