By six months, your child has grown even more inquisitive about his environment, trying with different objects and putting everything he can get his hands on in his mouth. It is at this point that you will notice that your kid is eager to investigate the world around him. It is also at this point that you must go to more sophisticated methods of honing two of his most essential elements of overall developmenthis creativity and imagination.
Filling your child’s environment with colors and forms is an excellent approach to encourage his creativity. Redecorate his baby color themed nursery by painting the walls with bright colors and perhaps turning it into a mural wall painted with kid-friendly figures and drawings. Decorate his room with different forms, colors, and sizes of ornaments.
Toys that will stimulate his creative imagination should be given to him. Building blocks are excellent toys for this age since they not only help to develop fine motor skills but also inspire your child to utilize his imagination while building. Stacking toys, such as stacking cups and pails, are extremely fascinating for your child and will help to stimulate his inventiveness.
Make art projects for toddlers with him. Who says your child is too young for an art project? Anyone who aspires to be a Picasso or a Van Gogh has no age restriction. However, there are suitable art projects for all ages, particularly children. You may involve your child in a small painting session. Paint his feet and hands using non-toxic, water-based, and hypoallergenic poster paints and have him make hand and foot prints on paper or canvas. This will not only stimulate his imagination, but will also cause him to laugh. Just make sure you properly clean him afterward and that he does not put his hands in his mouth during the activity.
Encourage creative roleplaying. Your toddler may not be flying about claiming to be Superman like his bigger brother, but that doesn’t mean he can’t participate in his own creative pretend play. You may promote pretend play as early as today by playing with your child. You may, for example, pretend to be characters in a tale by using his Baby Einstein puppet to act as a wizard while you are the princess and your toddler is the hero.
Read to him from books. Toddlers are captivated by books, particularly ones with vibrant and colorful visual prints and pictures. Allow him to look through these books as you read to him the tales of Little Duckling or the classic Pinocchio. Remember, even if your child is too young to fully understand a tale, this is a start toward sparking his creativity.
Your child has latent creative potential that has to be developed. It is your responsibility as a parent to stimulate his creative mind and assist him in making it blossom and develop.