What’s going on for baby?

By now, children can efficiently use the pincer grasp, where their thumb and index finger are used in opposition. They’ll easily pick up small objects, which is a base skill they’ll need for activities like drawing, painting, writing, using scissors and tools, and playing musical instruments.

They’ll be interested in scribbling and drawing, and may be able to copy circles and lines. This will further develop the pincer grasp and encourages cause-and-effect learning — for example, ‘When I move the crayon this way, I can make a line.’

They’ll enjoy pulling things apart and may try to put them back together again, and will be interested in objects they can fit inside each other or stack and balance on top.

How can parents and whānau help?

  • Give their child finger food to eat.
  • Provide opportunities for block play. Wooden blocks stack and balance well, and plastic ones can be joined and separated.
  • Give them chunky crayons and chalk for drawing, and thick brushes for painting.
  • Make and play with playdough.
  • Protect surfaces from damage by taping newspaper to the table or the floor. The child’s paper could be taped down in the middle of the newspaper, too.
  • Provide chalk to draw on fences and paths, which their child could wash clean with water later — or it could be left for the rain to wash away.

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