Your baby is becoming more skillful in using her hands, and many infant toys -- like pegboards and puzzles -- foster the fine motor development that will help with beginning writing and other pre-reading skills later on.

Pre-writing skills are learned through play, and this sensory experience will help your child develop her hand muscles, work on fine motor skills and express herself creatively.

Introduce the traditional nursery rhyme Star Light, Star Bright, and find out what your child would wish for. These types of language opportunities help to build vocabulary and confidence in talking and sharing.

Chances are, your child is familiar with the first letter of his name and may even have claimed it as “his letter!” Use his natural interest in “his letter” to learn about differences and similarities in letters.

You can help develop your child’s decision-making and problem-solving skills by talking about real-life situations that impact health and safety.

Fingerplays and action rhymes can help toddlers learn about rhyming, provide opportunities for listening and speaking, and encourage coordination of words with actions.

Here‘s an opportunity to actively engage your toddler with singing and movement using “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

From the moment she is born, you can nurture your baby’s oral language growth by providing many opportunities for her to hear new words every day.

This multisensory experience will get your toddler touching and looking, hearing and speaking, up and moving!

By this age, your toddler may enjoy listening to an alphabet song and singing along. This quick and simple activity will help to bring your toddler’s attention to printed letters in his environment.