11 - 12 Months

Air—your invisible playmate

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When the wind blows a tumbleweed down the road or rustles the leaves on a tree, your child might wonder if the tumbleweeds and leaves are actually alive

Your toddler needs a lot of time experimenting and observing to recognize cause and effect patterns in the natural world. This is the foundation for learning the laws of physics.

  • Blow your hairdryer (on cool) onto your child’s body and hair. Turn it off and on and describe what you are doing and what they’re experiencing
  • Breathe on your hand and say, “I can feel air on my hand,” then breathe on your child’s hand and ask “can you feel air on your hand?” 
Man holding a toddler and blowing into a glass bottle to make a noise
  • Blow across the top of a bottle to create a noise; add some water and see how the noise changes
  • If you have a fan handy, put your child in front of it—taking care of little fingers—let them manipulate the switches on their own to change the intensity of the breeze
  • Blow air on their face, neck, arm, and toes
Woman holding a toddler outside pointing at the sky
  • Have your toddler listen to the sound of wind and point out how it rustles the leaves overhead
  • Blow on a tissue, a thin piece of paper, a feather, or a leaf to make it move 
  • Fan them with a stiff piece of paper and invite them to try 
Woman blowing bubbles outside to a toddler
  • Practice blowing bubbles in front of your toddler. Blow on their fingers and say “feel the air? I’m blowing.” Then blow through the wand and say “look! I blew air again and made bubbles!” (note: most children learn to blow between 2 and 3 years old)
Woman hanging a scarf in front of baby who is laying on the floor
  • Toss light scarves or the Bright & Light Play Scarf into the air and watch them float down
  • Blow bubbles through a straw into a container of water to demonstrate for your toddler how air and water come together to make bubbles


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