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7 Elements - Baby Development

Take a look at the 7 Elements System Tiny Love's step-by-step baby development guide

  •   Cognition
    The mental process through which we understand the world around us; learning, remembering, drawing conclusions and more.
    Cognition
  •   EQ
    The social and emotional skills that make up our character and enable us to function and interact with others.
    EQ
  •   Fine Motor Skills
    Developing the body’s small muscles enables baby to grasp objects, perfect hand-eye coordination, speak and more.
    Fine Motor Skills
  •   Gross Motor Skills
    Developing the body’s large muscles facilitates head lifting, rolling over, crawling, sitting, walking and more.
    Gross Motor Skills
  •   Imagination & Creativity
    The skills that allow us to produce images, ideas, thoughts and even feelings that do not exist in reality and account for our ability to improvise and solve problems.
    Imagination & Creativity
  •   Language & Communication
    The ability to communicate thoughts and emotions both verbally and non-verbally, sharing our world with others.
    Language & Communication
  •   Senses
    Sight, sound, touch, smell and taste enable us to gather and process information from the world around us
    Senses

Imagination & Creativity, 18-24m

The Power of Imagination and Ability to Symbolize

The Power of Imagination and Ability to Symbolize

The ability to envision objects or events begins to develop at around 18-24 months. Gradually, she becomes less reliant on concrete stimulants and begins to develop and enrich her inner world.

Going Beyond What the Eye Can See

Before the age of 18 months, you child only related to concrete things, which she could see, hear or feel - she was incapable of imagining things that were inaccessible to her senses. Now, she will slowly be able to envision more and more complex scenarios and acquire an important tool which will enable her to think in a free-flowing way about the world.

Symbolization and Representation

The ability to symbolize objects appears during this period and is the first expression of real imaginative play. Your little girl may pretend she is feeding her doll, for example. At this stage, the game is characterized by the use of materials that are on-hand. From approximately 20 months, your toddler begins to understand that toys, like dollhouses or toy garages, represent objects and people in the real world. The continued use of creative materials, such as water colors, crayons, play dough and more, will enable your child to develop her creativity, though this creativity is still unplanned and is not focused on the end-result.

Tiny Tips

  • Let your baby play with open-ended toys and games which do not have clearly-defined rules, such as wooden blocks. Encourage him to play with them in different ways, and do not lead him to what is considered the “right” way.
  • When your child plays in his way, he is expressing originality and creativity. When you express pleasure in this, you contribute to his enjoyment which encourages more creative attempts.
  • Your child’s ability to play independently and freely will positively influence his ability to be spontaneous later on in life.
  • When your child experiments with creative materials, it is important to give him freedom of action and a place where he can play safely and unencumbered.

Milestones

  • Begins to play simple symbolic games, such as pretending to feed a doll.
  • 20 months: Understands that toys represent objects or people from the real world.
  • Can hold a pencil and scribble aimlessly.
  • Towards 24 months: Holds a pencil almost correctly and draws in round movements.
  • Most children begin to show preference for one hand.
  • Reacts to simple, one-word, verbal instructions.