How your 12-month-old might play now

    • He understands much of what you say to him
    • She mimics others' actions, like talking on the phone
    • He will move a toy out of the way to get to another
    • She likes other children but doesn't play with them
    • He can anticipate your action: when he sees you holding his jacket, he'll hold out his arms
    • She only makes sounds in the language she knows
    • He'll show affection with hugs, kisses, smiles and pats
Musical toys
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    Laugh & Learn™ Sing-With-Me CD Player

Help your baby learn more:

    • You can do it! Let your child play with the toy independently. Be there to help him if he needs you, and offer your encouragement: "You can do it … go ahead."
    • Play a game with your child to make up a song—make a sound with the toy and ask your child to mimic you. Or just follow what your child does.
    • Attach words to your child's movement with the toy, and also to the toy's features. Say “back and forth” or “side to side” as your child moves the toy.
    • Clap or sing along to encourage your child; you may even want to accompany him on another instrument. These "I can" play activities get filed away in your child's memory bank and boost self-confidence.
Animal-themed playsets
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    Little People® Zoo Talkers™ Animal Sounds Zoo™

    Academics Fine Motor Gross Motor Sensory

Help your baby learn more:

    • Moo! Baa! Activate the animal sounds in your playset, or make your own for each animal. Help him practice the animal sounds he hears to reinforce recognition skills.
    • Be the bird. Your child will love imitating you as you walk like an elephant or flap your arms like a bird. Ask your 1-year-old for ideas: "What do you think a bear looks like when it walks?”
    • Who lives here? Show your child where each animal lives in the playset. Play a simple matching game. “Let's put the polar bear in his home.” As your child gets a little older, exercise her memory skills by pointing to different parts of the playset and asking, “Which animal lives here?”

Body Art


As your baby grows, she gains increasing interest in her body and its many functions. Bath time is a great time to work on body image, as you introduce your baby to bathtub Body Art!


  • Children’s nontoxic body paint, in a variety of colours
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  • Run a warm bath for your baby; make it shallow enough for her to sit in.
  • Place your baby in the tub and let her get used to the water.
  • Open a tube of body paints and dot the colour on your baby’s arms.
  • Spread the colour with your fingers, and encourage your baby to do the same.
  • Add other colours to other body parts—hands, legs, feet, neck, shoulders, chest, and back.
  • Let your baby spread the colours around, then wash them off and play again.


Be sure to use nontoxic children’s body paints. Keep the body paint off your baby’s face, and if she tends to wipe her face with her hands, don’t put body paints on her hands.

Learning skills

  • Creativity
  • Self-awareness
  • Sensory stimulation

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