Count, Group, and Compare
Help your child make sense of the numbers and categories all around them.
Talk to your baby about things that are different sizes. For example, put their hat next to yours and say, “Who wears the little hat? Aaron! Who wears the big hat? Mommy.”
Less and More
As you go about your regular routine, find opportunities to compare amounts using “less” and “more.” For example, “Do you want more bananas?” “Now they’re all gone!”
Wrap an object in a piece of paper. See if your baby can remove the paper to see what’s inside. Talk about what they found and the crinkle sound that the paper makes.
Help your baby stack blocks or other objects like plastic cups. Describe what they’re doing using size and position words. They will love to knock the tower over!
Fill up and Dump Out
Give your baby a container to scoop and dump water in the bathtub. Use words like “in,” “out,” “full,” and “empty.”
Compare Using the Senses
Help your baby explore things that are the same and different. Let them shake containers that make different sounds. Or give them different types of fabric to touch (like smooth and scratchy). Talk about the similarities and differences.
For example, count and wiggle each of their toes. Or count and point to objects as you play. “You have three blocks: one, two, three.”
Move to the Beat
Tap your baby’s tummy or clap their hands together to the rhythm of a song. Or rock them as you sing a lullaby.