Ages 6‑9 Months
- Play peek-a-boo games and copy games, such as sticking out your tongue, or banging a pan.
- Give your toddler a wide range of objects or toy with different textures, shapes, colours and weights.
- Read books, make music, sing, and dance.
- Play in-and-out games, such as putting blocks in a container and taking them out.
What Your Toddler is Likely to Do
- Notice the size of objects, reaching for smaller objects with finger and thumb and larger objects with both hands.
- Know whether objects are near or far.
- Understand how objects can be used. For example, your toddler may bang blocks on the floor, shake a noisemaker harder, or push buttons on a toy.
- Search briefly for an object when it is taken away from her or him.
Other Things Your Toddler May Do
- Drop objects and then look for them.
- Understand the concepts of “in” and “out.” For example, your toddler may drop several large beads in a cup, dump them out, and repeat.
- Use problem‑solving skills. For example, your toddler may pull the string of a pull toy to get it closer.
- Start to combine known behaviours in new ways. For example, your toddler may reach and crawl at the same time.
- May think of him‑ or herself when looking at a child in photos or a mirror.
How You Can Help Cognitive Development
- Continue to breastfeed.
- Give lots of praise for new skills.
- Give your toddler a range of objects or toys (fill‑and‑ dump toys; toys for stacking, nesting, and sorting; toys with a variety of textures, shapes, sounds, colours, and weights; childproof books).
- Read books with your toddler.
- Play copy games, such as sticking out your tongue or banging a pan.
- Play hide‑and‑seek games.
- Play in‑and‑out games, such as putting blocks in a container and taking them out.
- Dance, play music, and sing with your toddler.