This fun activity will combine singing and pretend play as you bring one of her toy animals to life as it performs a favorite tune.

By about 12 to 14 months, your baby will begin to recognize the names of things she sees or experiences each day. Those words become part of her receptive vocabulary. In this activity, you and your baby will explore a room of your home while you name the items, describe them and talk about them.

Language can be presented to babies through talking or through singing. Some babies love to hear the same songs over and over again. In this activity, babies can become familiar with new vocabulary while listening to their favorite tunes.

Your toddler is probably beginning to notice his facial features. Tap into this budding curiosity by creating quick games that encourage a focus on each facial feature and how together they create a whole face.

Playing with shapes prepares your baby for future letter learning. Discovering and exploring curves, lines, sticks and corners will pave the way for eventually recognizing and remembering letter shapes.

Your child’s name is special to you and to your toddler. Why not use the first letter of your child’s name to spark an interest in letters? After all, there is no letter as exciting as that one for your child!

Mealtime is a great time to strike up a conversation with your baby. Explore the five senses as you feed your baby at mealtime.

Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a good singer, your baby loves the sound of your voice. Humming and singing to your baby soothes him and gives you some happy bonding time.

Toward the end of the first six months, your infant will begin to experiment with her mouth, tongue and throat and make more sounds. You can react to the sounds your child is making and turn it into a back-and-forth conversation!