12 - 24 months
Music to the Ears
Let your child bang on pots and pans with wooden and metal spoons. Help him or her notice the different sounds made by to spoons as they hit the pans.
Hide and Seek
Play a game of Hide-and-Seek with your child. When it's your turn to hide, call out to your child so that he or she can find you by following the sound of your voice. Another time, instead of searching for each other, try searching for a hidden, ticking alarm clock.
What's Under the Basket
Put a familiar object on the floor and place a laundry basket over it. Have your child look through the holes in the basket and try to guess what the object is. Slowly lift up the basket to let your child see if to guess was correct.
Make up a simple game with your child. Go around the room or the yard holding your child. As you approach an object, touch
it and say its name.
As your child learns to make sense of the sights and sounds around him or her, you can help develop his or her listening skills by playing simple games, such as:
- Set our several pictures of animals your child is familiar with. Make the sound one of the animals makes. Ask your child to point to or pick up the matching animal picture.
- Give your child simple objects or instruments that make a specific sound.
- Let your child listen to tapes, records or music videos.
- Go on a walk with your child. Talk about the noises you hear. Repeat the noises for your child.
Give your child a toy telephone and play "phone" with him or her. Carry on pretend phone conversations. Encourage him or her to make the ringing sound and to pick up the receiver and talk to you or to someone else.
These activities were taken from A Year of Fun: Just for One's.