During play with toys or tickle play, watch for the child’s indication that she wants the adult to repeat an action to get an effect.
Ask the adult to play a familiar game with the child (e.g., blowing on tummy, tickling feet, or activating a preferred toy).
The infant smiles or laughs, looks at or reaches for the adult or toy, and waits for the adult to repeat the interesting cause-effect action. The infants learns when he can make an effect and when the adult is needed.
Babies need to know they can have an effect on the objects and people in their world. Help early childhood educators and parents understand that children need to have an opportunity to make things happen by themselves, but they also need to know that adults can meet their needs too. Provide a balance of toys and situations for both.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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