Observe the child in the back yard or a park. Take along some familiar objects and toys.
Demonstrate dropping things in water or sand.
The infant will repeat the dropping, particularly if the adult picks up the item and hands it to the child. The child likes the dropping game.
Encourage parents to spend time with the child exploring the outdoors. There are so many sensory experiences, including smells, textures, and sounds of nature for the child to enjoy and learn about. Instill in parents the importance of sensory exploration and learning about seeing what happens when you dig in sand, throw rocks in the water, blow on a dandelion, and so on. These are fun experiences for the whole family.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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