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Games to play with child just under one year

You can look into "baby sensory play" to get some ideas of educational (mostly messy and/or elaborate to prepare) activities for toddlers, but I have always preferred the simple classics. Songs and ...
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Are there adverse effects on a baby to see their parent talking to a toy?

Imaginative play is both normal and healthy for children (read "The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development", posted on Psychology Today, as just one of many sources that support this theory). ...
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Playing Imagination Game with my 5-year-old girl

You have just stumbled inadvertently on the principle of advertising: if you only had (this item), your life would be so great! (you would be happier, etc.) It's possible that you're creating your own ...
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Why is the 'floor is lava' game so ubiquitious?

There are a collection of games that are ground-orientated, e.g. not stepping on the floor, not stepping on cracks, walking on rocks or cobbles, etc. There is likely some evolutionary element at play ...
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Why is the 'floor is lava' game so ubiquitious?

I can't talk about research - but I can say that my own eldest child appeared to develop "don't step on the cracks" type games naturally and spontaneously while we were out and about in town. It ...
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Am I being stressful to my child by trying to teach them how to be creative?

I can't site any studies or anything, but this is an extremely familiar situation for me, and I thought I would share my experience in case it helps you. My older son was (and still is) a rule-...
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Am I being stressful to my child by trying to teach them how to be creative?

I don't think you are harming your child by doing what you are currently doing, and I think you are handling it correctly. It is an important lesson to learn that unexpected things happen, people have ...
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Playing Imagination Game with my 5-year-old girl

I think it's great! But maybe switch to things she can do instead of things she can have. But on the other hand, what a great way to teach her about the difference between real and pretend, and even ...
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Am I being stressful to my child by trying to teach them how to be creative?

Am I straining the intellectual and emotional development of my child by doing things that I see as imaginative, but maybe they see as crushing the foundations of their reality? Well, that's putting ...
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Teaching an 8 year old that he doesn't always get to dictate exactly how we play?

My eldest has had this issue too (and is of a similar age). I feel like this is common in first children, really; for the reason you state mostly - the younger sibling(s) often go along with their ...
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Playing Imagination Game with my 5-year-old girl

Take a look at No Thank You Evil ! A game of Make-Believe from Monte Cook. It's designed for kids from 5 years old. It sounds a bit like what you are doing but with a bit more structure.
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Playing Imagination Game with my 5-year-old girl

I think that perhaps this is an opportunity for a more interesting conversation. I think there's nothing wrong with her saying she wants a baby tiger or a horse or whatever; it's quite common (Pony ...
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Why is the 'floor is lava' game so ubiquitious?

I played this game as a child. Only the floor was water, and it had alligators in it (I'm from the South). We would play this game on rainy days or when playing outside wasn't permissible at the time. ...
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Are there adverse effects on a baby to see their parent talking to a toy?

I see no reason why it would harm your child. Babies and children live in a world where fantasy plays a role: Santa, Easter Bunny, Disney's talking animals, invisible friends... Having some kind of ...
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