Advice from Canpol's experienced mothers.
A game passed on from generation to generation still works. I had no idea how much joy it could bring to my child, and in addition it's very easy and requires no preparation at all. It can be played during other activities, e.g. changing the nappy. No matter when you play it and what you use, the main idea is this: cover your face for a while, either by putting something on your head or just separate yourself from your child so that you can reveal yourself to him after a while and say "peekaboo!" with a happy voice. When I didn't have anything at hand (e.g. a nappy or a scarf), I simply covered Michal's eyes and then uncovered them. This way he was able to feel my presence, even though he couldn't see my face.
"Do what I do"
PMeal time and teaching your child to eat with a spoon is a great opportunity to play a game called "do what I do". I always showed my son how I ate with a spoon and only then handed this "peculiar" instrument to Michal. Stroking and touching during teaching causes your toddler to feel your nearness and makes him want to experiment with the new "toy".
Hide-and-seek with a toddler? Maybe not yet in its traditional form, but almost: I started with hiding myself and then began to experiment and hide various objects. It's enough to hide a toy or object in your palm. I showed Michal a couple of times where the object was, by uncovering and covering my palm, and telling him what I was doing all the time. Like in the peekaboo, it turned out that nothing really went missing, and that the object was in my palm all the time. After a series of guesswork, give the hidden object for your child to play.
Let's make toys
A home-made toy? Impossible? You don't have to do difficult or challenging exercises to be able to make a toy that will amuse your toddler in this phase of development. All you need is coloured paper, tissue-paper or wrapper foil. Try to crumple each of the materials together with your child. Soft tissue-paper or wrapper foil certainly is more suitable for crumpling by tiny hands than paper, but work together anyway. Your home-made ball is ready! The more colours, textures and sounds (during crumpling) you have, the better the fun and the more stimuli for your toddler's senses. You can use the balls for rolling, first throwing attempts, or massage (use balls made of soft material) .
We had our first dance between 6 and 9 months. I was holding Michal in my arms and swaying to the rhythm of a song. I watched him and paid attention to which moves he liked most - a little bit of twirling, a little bit of lifting and lots of smiling. He also liked it when I switched the music and rhythm from slow to fast. When I got tired, but noticed that my toddler still hadn't gotten enough of dancing, I would put him on my lap and move his hands and feet to the rhythm of the melody. I would also cuddle, kiss and tickle him from time to time. You can dance like this at any time of the day, however in the evening I always chose slow music, in order to calm my baby down.