10/19/15

Posted in participation with the Mattel #PlayAdvocate blogger program. Special perks and incentives received for participation. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author

When my kids were still babies, one of my favourite times with them was often play time. Play time is also learning time for young babies, their senses like sight, touch, sound and smell play key roles in the way they learn. 

Fisher-Price has created a brand new way to help engage many of those senses at the same tie with the Bright Beats Dance & Move Beatbo toy



Who loves to move? BeatBo does! Get the dance party started by pressing BeatBo's tummy or any of the other buttons on his feet to activate fun songs, learning content and dance moves. This futuristic friend even allows mommy or baby to record a phrase, and he'll remix it into his favourite song! 

BeatBo has three modes - Dance n' Move, Learning & Games, and Customized Sing-Along. BeatBo also "grows" with your baby, making him a friends for years to come. Toys like BeatBo are awesome because they are so interactive and fun, your little one doesn't even realize they are learning while they're laughing. 

Taking a few lessons from BeatBo, here are a few ways to engage your little one's senses for maximized learning at playtime:

Hear.
One of your little one's first senses to develop is hearing. Encourage this through singing and speaking to your baby as much as possible. While it can be easy to revert to a "baby voice", speak to your baby as if they are a more developed child. Sing nursery rhymes or narrate what you're doing to your baby so they can learn all the different sounds they will one day be learning to speak. 

We would always make up our own songs and add in familiar names and things. Now that she is almost three, our youngest loves singing and saying rhymes with us. 

Sight. 
Sight is another great way to engage  your baby, even before they learn to speak. Show your baby a variety of different toys. Stimulating your baby's sight teaches them to recognize patterns, objects and even develop their memory. Try holding up different shaped and coloured blocks and state to them what each one is - before you know it, they'll be able to call it out before you can! 

Taste and smell.
After about six months of age, babies are usually ready to start eating solids. When they reach that age and you've made the decision with your baby's doctor to start introducing solids slowly. When you offer new foods to your little one - try allowing them to smell it first so they can learn what different smells go with what. Once you actually begin feeding them the food, try reinforcing what the item is by saying phrases like "yummy, broccoli" or "Mmm, Apples!". Eventually they'll be able to recognize the smells of their favourite (or least favourite) foods during meal times.

Touch. 
Touch is an essential element that helps your child learn. From the texture of the clothes we dress them in to the variety of textures in their toys, there is so much for your little one to learn. If your little one is interested in a particular toy, try repeating the texture to them. For example, "BeatBo's feet are shiny and his ears are soft". You could also comment on opposite textures like "your shirt is soft but the floor is hard". 

Just like with Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo, your baby will learn so much more if all their senses are engaged!



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50 comments:

  1. I loved watching my son play in his Jolly Jumper, among many of his other toys, such as his cars outside!

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  4. My toddler loves playing with his animals. his imagination just amazes me each and everyday and I love watching him play:)

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  5. My current toddler and I love driving cars around the house, or just running around the house. :-)

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  6. My favorite activity to do with my babies has always been singing and dancing. It gets them laughing when they're babies and participating when they're toddlers.

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  7. my favorite was when I was playing music they would love to dance

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  8. My favourite activity right now with my nephew is to play music and dance with him, he loves it. He would get a kick out of this toy! (Judy Cowan)

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  9. my favorite activity right now with my niece is doing crafts

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  10. I love colouring and playing with play dough with them.

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  11. I love to play games, color and build with legos with my grandchildren. On nice days love to get to the park with them.
    Florence C

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  12. My favourite activity with my toddler is doing fun crafts such as painting and drawing.

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  13. We love dancing with our grandchildren!

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  14. Coloring. It's a very calming activity and my kids love it.

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  15. I always loved playing with my oldest on the swings at the park when she was a baby - she laughed and laughed, it was pure joy! She still loves the swings too! My youngest does not like swinging so far though. My favourite play activity with her blowing bubbles and watching her try to catch them in her hands.

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  16. right now we like to play with duplo

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  17. I've always really enjoyed building train tracks with my kids.

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  18. My babies always loved music and dancing!

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  19. I love helping my grandson when he's doing a jigsaw puzzle, he's just turned 5 and is pretty good at them and doesn't need much help at all.

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  20. My little guys love music and they enjoy dancing around to it with Mommy.

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  21. I loved to watch my kids dance and sing to music.

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  22. Current favorite is a Fisher Price farmhouse!

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  23. We love making crafts and having living room dance parties!

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  24. My little guy LOVES to play with balls. He throws them, kicks them, chases after them! :)

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  25. My son likes to play peek-a-boo with us! He loves to cover his face and then uncover it!

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  26. I love it when I put on music and the kids start dancing. It's very cute.

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  27. We love singing and dancing to music with our grandson.....it tires him out and is great exercise for all of us.

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  28. the youngest step grandsons love dressup and Lego and Tonkas..the youngest step grandaughter loves her musical toys and activity table.

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  29. My little one loves song time, his second favourite thing is to destroy the block towers I build for him.

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  30. We love building things with blocks and legos. My son loves getting to knock it all down at the end!

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  31. Building things is the funnest thing to do and you can build out of anything - lego, blocks, play dough, anything.

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  32. We love having dance parties! I turn the radio up and we dance around the house..so much fun.

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  33. dressup is a fav here and Lego...so much Lego!

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  34. My favourite activity with my kids was playing Lego (with the boys) and playing Barbie and colouring with my daughter.

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  35. I enjoy singing and doing action songs with my grandson. I also enjoy watching him dance to the music of his toys and the smiles and giggles while he does.

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  36. My daughter and I both love to paint. Messy but worth it!

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  37. My son likes to play with trains, cars, cooking and dolls.

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  38. Dance parties!! My toddler loves dancing and I love dancing with her :-) we both have a passion for music ♡

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  39. Playing "tent". Gotta make a fort out of blankets and furniture in the middle of the living room

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  40. My favourite thing is building things. We like to build with K'Nex and Lego and magnet sets. This always entices the kids.

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  41. We love to stack block and make great towers

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  42. My toddler and I LOVE to play peekaboo! This age (18 months) is so fun because he copies everything we do

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  43. My favorite activity was playing with Play Doh and with Duplo blocks.

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  44. Our favourite activity is dancing! My toddler loves dancing to the Gummy Bear song, it's on repeat here all day everyday (help! ;) )

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  45. I have always enjoyed singing and telling stories.

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