Back To Basics
Having a child definitely opens your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. Apart from the security factor, that can be a bit daunting at times, there is a beautiful creativity that we can unveil from interacting with little ones. Personally, around 1 year of age (Sienna is right now 11.5 months), I love using playing and exploring as a way of learning.
I always take time, shut everything off, and pay full attention to her. I am mindful and present with her to enjoy all her discoveries and achievements. I am not too big on having many toys but, the simple ones we have go a long way. At this age, it is not about how much entertainment they have, but about the quality and the use of the things you do. Pots and pans, clothing pegs, little animal toys, sticks (all with adult supervision of course), crayons, paper, it all serves as a fun learning experience for them.
I do believe though, that the senses of taste and touch at this age are very important; they are the way to get to know this new, exiting world! That is one of the reasons I now give her different finger foods that she can feed herself with (look at baby lead weaning e.g.), and take her outside to venture on the grass, play with twigs, touch leaves, feel the wind, and listen to the natural sounds of Mother Nature.
“We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children’s memories, the adventures we’ve had together in nature will always exist.”
― Richard Louv,