Pretend Petting Zoo
Collect your child's favorite stuffed animals, and arrange them along the sofa and chairs or in different rooms of your house. Taking along toy food or even a real carrot, visit each animal with your child. Feed it, pet it, an talk about its special features (floppy ears, a long tail, fluffy fur) and the noises it makes (grrrr, baaa, neigh). Make sure your 1-year-old doesn't chew the carrot himself; carrots are a choking hazard. Ask you child questions about each creature, and encourage him to use him imagination in his answers. This pretend play will help your toddler learn to think creatively and generate his own ideas, Abrams says. What's more, you'll be sharing special memories.