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Understanding Your Child’s Cognitive Growth Milestones

Explore essential cognitive growth milestones in children and learn how to support your child’s mental and intellectual development.



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Every child goes through a remarkable journey of growth and development during their early years. One of the key aspects of this development is cognitive growth, which encompasses the way children think, learn, explore, remember, and solve problems.

Imagine a baby named Emily who has just turned six months old. She loves to gaze at her surroundings and often becomes captivated by objects that seem impossible or intriguing. Research has found that infants like Emily begin to gaze longer at “impossible” things, demonstrating their cognitive abilities and curiosity at this age1. They also start to distinguish the differences between pictures depicting various numbers of objects and understand the distinctions between animate and inanimate objects. Furthermore, Emily’s growing perception allows her to utilize the relative size of an object to determine how far away it is1. These are all significant milestones in her cognitive development.

As Emily continues to grow, her cognitive abilities expand. By the age of one, most infants can enjoy looking at picture books, imitate gestures and basic actions, manipulate objects, and respond with gestures and sounds1. They begin to understand the concept of object permanence, realizing that even if an object is out of sight, it still exists. It’s an exciting phase as they explore the world around them and learn through observation and interaction.

Now picture Emily at the age of three. She has become an inquisitive child, always asking “why” questions to gain more knowledge. This is a typical developmental stage where children demonstrate awareness of the past and present, maintain longer attention spans, and organize objects by size and shape1. They seek answers to their questions and begin to understand how to group and match objects according to color. Emily’s cognitive growth is shaping her understanding of the world and her ability to think critically.

Fast-forward a few years, and Emily is now four years old. She has developed the ability to create pictures, count to five, draw the shape of a person, name and identify colors, and even rhyme1. This significant cognitive growth allows her to express herself creatively and communicate her ideas. She can now understand and describe her surroundings in more detail, demonstrating her expanding cognitive skills.


Key Takeaways:

  • Children’s cognitive growth milestones are an essential part of their development.
  • Between 6-9 months, infants begin to gaze longer at “impossible” things, tell the differences between pictures depicting different numbers of objects, understand the differences between animate and inanimate objects, and utilize the relative size of an object to determine its distance1.
  • By one year of age, most infants can enjoy looking at picture books, imitate gestures and basic actions, manipulate objects, respond with gestures and sounds, and grasp the concept of object permanence1.
  • At the age of three, children start asking “why” questions, demonstrate awareness of the past and present, maintain a longer attention span, organize objects by size and shape, seek answers to questions, and understand how to group and match objects according to color1.
  • By four years of age, children can create pictures, count to five, draw the shape of a person, name and identify colors, rhyme, and express their thoughts more effectively1.

Understanding these cognitive growth milestones is crucial for parents and caregivers. They provide insights into a child’s development, allowing for tailored support and nurturing. Celebrate each milestone, providing engaging experiences and opportunities in a loving and stimulating environment. However, remember that each child develops at their own pace. If you have concerns about your child’s cognitive development, consulting with a doctor or early intervention services can offer guidance and support.

The First Three Months: Exploring the Senses

During the first three months of your baby’s life, they undergo significant cognitive growth milestones that focus on exploring the basic senses and learning about their body and environment. It is a period of rapid development where their sensory perception and understanding of the world begin to take shape.

Infants demonstrate anticipatory behaviors, such as turning their heads towards familiar sounds or voices. They might respond to your presence by becoming alert and looking in your direction. These behaviors show early signs of cognitive development and indicate their growing awareness of their surroundings1.

Babies at this age can also detect sound differences. They are attuned to different pitches and tones, responding to the voices of their caregivers or other familiar sounds they have encountered during their first few months of life. This ability lays the foundation for their language and communication development1.

Another important milestone in the first three months is their ability to discern objects. Infants become more visually engaged, focusing their attention on both still and moving objects. They can recognize and track objects within their visual field, refining their eye-hand coordination. Objects within a distance of 13 inches are seen more clearly as their visual acuity improves1.

It is fascinating to note that babies at this early stage can actually see all colors of the human visual spectrum. Their perception of colors gradually expands, and they can distinguish various hues. This newfound ability adds vibrancy and depth to their visual experiences1.


Additionally, infants in the first three months of life begin the development of their taste preferences. Although their taste buds are still immature, they can differentiate basic tastes like sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. These early experiences lay the groundwork for their future eating habits and food preferences1.

Facial expressions play a crucial role in infants’ cognitive and emotional development during this period. Babies learn to use facial expressions as a way to communicate and respond to their environment. They start imitating facial expressions, especially those of their caregivers, and begin to develop their own repertoire of facial cues. This early social interaction is an essential building block of their future communication skills1.

Ages 3-6 Months: Developing Perception

From 3 to 6 months, your baby’s cognitive growth is marked by the development of perception and recognition. During this period, they start to imitate facial expressions, react to familiar sounds, recognize familiar faces, and respond to the facial expressions of others. These are important cognitive milestones that lay the foundation for further development.

Research has shown that infants aged 3-6 months have an innate ability to imitate facial expressions, showcasing their growing cognitive capabilities. This ability to mimic and respond to facial expressions not only strengthens the bond between parent and child but also demonstrates their understanding of social cues and emotional expression.


Additionally, infants in this age range begin to recognize familiar voices and sounds, allowing them to differentiate between familiar and unfamiliar individuals. This heightened sense of auditory recognition contributes to their cognitive growth by expanding their understanding of language and fostering communication skills.

Moreover, your baby’s cognitive development during these months is characterized by their increasing ability to recognize familiar faces. As their visual perception improves, they become more adept at differentiating between familiar faces, including family members and caregivers.

By responding to facial expressions and recognizing familiar faces, infants aged 3-6 months demonstrate their growing awareness of their surroundings and the people in their lives. As a parent, you can foster their cognitive development by engaging in interactive activities that encourage imitation and exploration.

infant cognitive development milestones


Ages 6-9 Months: Curiosity and Problem-Solving

Between 6 and 9 months, infants enter a stage of rapid cognitive development marked by their growing curiosity and emerging problem-solving abilities. They begin to explore the world around them with a newfound sense of wonder.

During this period, infants demonstrate an increased interest in their surroundings. They become more engaged and focused on their environment, gazing longer at “impossible” things that defy their expectations. Their ability to distinguish between pictures depicting different numbers of objects also emerges, showing their budding perceptual and cognitive skills.


Additionally, infants at this age start to grasp the differences between animate and inanimate objects. They show a preference for interacting with living things, such as reaching out for pets or trying to touch other people, indicating a growing understanding of the distinction.

Furthermore, infants at this stage begin to utilize the relative size of an object to determine its distance. They exhibit an improved sense of depth perception and can gauge how far an object is by assessing its size in relation to other objects in their surroundings.

Curiosity and Problem-Solving

This stage of cognitive development is crucial as infants lay the foundation for future problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Encouraging their curiosity and providing them with age-appropriate toys and activities can support their cognitive growth and development.

Statistical Data: According to research, 6% of infants at 2 months old may not respond to loud sounds, 10% of infants at 4 months old may not babble or make sounds, 8% of infants at 6 months old may not try to get things that are in reach, 5% of infants at 9 months old may not babble with sounds like “mamamama” or “bababababa,” and 12% of infants at 12 months may not point to things3.

Ages 9-12 Months: Exploring the World

As infants become more physically adept, they can enjoy exploring the world around them and interacting with their environment. By 9 to 12 months old, most infants reach significant cognitive milestones that contribute to their understanding of the world.


During this period, infants start to enjoy looking at picture books1, which aids in their cognitive growth and visual development. They become more fascinated with images and can focus on them for longer periods, allowing them to observe and recognize familiar objects and shapes.

Imitation is another key aspect of cognitive development during this stage. Infants at this age can imitate gestures and basic actions4, such as clapping hands, waving, or blowing kisses. This demonstrates their growing ability to observe, learn, and reproduce behaviors they see in their environment.

Manipulating objects is yet another cognitive milestone achieved by infants between 9 and 12 months. They develop the dexterity and coordination to grasp and manipulate various objects, exploring their different properties and gaining a better understanding of cause and effect. They enjoy playing with objects, using their hands and fingers, and often repeat actions that elicit reactions4, such as knocking over blocks or shaking a rattle.

Infants in this age range also begin to respond to their environment with gestures and sounds. They may point at objects they want, make sounds to get attention, or use gestures to express their needs or communicate their desires. This increased interaction and communication reflect their cognitive growth and their developing ability to understand and express themselves.

Moreover, at this stage, infants start to develop a solid understanding of object permanence, which is the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they are no longer visible. This concept is a crucial cognitive milestone, and by 9 to 12 months, infants begin to show clear signs of understanding object permanence. They continue to look for hidden toys or objects, even if they have been covered or placed out of sight5, further demonstrating their cognitive development.


infant exploration

Overall, the ninth to twelfth month of an infant’s life is a period of remarkable cognitive growth. They become more engaged with their surroundings, show increased interest in books and images, imitate actions they observe, manipulate objects, respond with gestures and sounds, and develop a better understanding of object permanence. These cognitive milestones pave the way for further learning and exploration as they continue their journey of cognitive development.

Ages 1-2 Years: Observing and Imitating

Between the ages of 1 and 2 years, your child’s cognitive development undergoes significant growth. During this stage, they are able to identify similar objects and imitate the actions and language of adults, enhancing their cognitive skills1. Additionally, they learn through exploration and can point out familiar objects and people, demonstrating their growing understanding of the world around them1. They are also able to understand and respond to words, following simple directions1.

Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in supporting their child’s intellectual development during this period. By providing learning experiences at home and encouraging their interest in the world, parents can help foster cognitive growth1. Demonstrating information, encouraging exploration, asking questions, and allowing for creative problem-solving opportunities are all effective ways to nurture cognitive development1. It is important to note that all children develop at their own pace, with some milestones emerging earlier or later than others1. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, it is always advisable to consult with their doctor1.

Early childhood cognitive milestones

Age Milestones
1 year Imitates complex adult actions
Matches objects with their uses
Names objects in a picture book
Responds to simple directions from parents
Sorts objects by category
Stacks rings on a peg from largest to smallest
2 years Asks ‘why’ questions
Demonstrates awareness of the past and present
Learns by observing and listening to instructions
Maintains attention for around 5 to 15 minutes
Organizes objects by size and shape
Seeks answers and groups and matches objects according to color

Ages 2-3 Years: Increasing Independence

Between the ages of 2 and 3, children embark on a journey of increasing independence and active exploration of the world around them. This period is marked by significant cognitive growth milestones that contribute to their overall development.

One cognitive milestone during this stage is the ability to identify their own reflection, which demonstrates their growing sense of self-awareness and understanding of their physical presence. They may find joy in making faces in the mirror or imitating their own movements.


Children at this age also have the remarkable capability to imitate complex adult actions, such as pretending to cook, talk on the phone, or take care of a doll. This imitative play helps them develop their cognitive, social, and emotional skills while expanding their imagination and creativity.

As toddlers engage with picture books, they can name objects they see and point them out to others. This shows their developing language and cognitive skills, as they begin to connect words with objects and recognize them visually.

Another significant cognitive achievement is the ability to sort objects by category. Toddlers can start to group objects based on similarities, such as putting all the blocks together or sorting toys by size or color. This cognitive skill reflects their growing ability to categorize and comprehend the world around them.

Children in this age group also become increasingly curious and eager to gain knowledge. They often ask “why” questions to seek information and understand how things work. Encouraging their curiosity and providing them with age-appropriate answers helps support their cognitive development and fosters a love for learning.

During this period, it is important to remember that every child develops at their own pace. However, if you have concerns or notice any delays in your child’s cognitive development, it’s advisable to consult a child health professional or utilize developmental support services like Early On Michigan, which offers evaluations and guidance for next steps in your child’s development6.


By actively engaging with children between the ages of 2 and 3, supporting their growing independence, and providing opportunities for exploration and learning, you can nurture their cognitive growth and help lay a strong foundation for their future development.

early childhood cognitive milestones

Milestone Percentage of Children Achieving the Milestone
Walking alone by the age of 2 100%
Pulling toys behind them while walking 100%
Carrying a large toy or several toys while walking 100%
Kicking a ball by the age of 2 100%
Climbing onto and down from furniture unassisted 100%
Using two- to four-word sentences by the age of 2 100%
Beginning to sort by shapes and colors by the age of 2 100%

Source: Statistical data from reference7

Ages 3-4 Years: Problem Solving and Creativity

As children approach school age, their cognitive abilities continue to develop and expand. At 3-4 years old, they reach important cognitive growth milestones that contribute to their problem-solving skills and unleash their creative potential.

According to developmental milestones, children at this stage are capable of asking “why” questions, demonstrating an awareness of the past and present, and learning through observation and listening to instructions1. Their attention spans also improve, allowing them to maintain focus for 5 to 15 minutes1. They can organize objects by size and shape, seeking answers to their curious questions and understanding how to group and match objects by color1.

Most 4-year-olds exhibit remarkable creativity and imagination. They can create pictures that they name and describe, counting to five, and draw the shape of a person1. Additionally, they can name and identify many colors, rhyming, and confidently share where they live1.


Research studies by scholars like Larcher V. and institutions like the Child Mind Institute contribute valuable insights into children’s cognitive development and milestones1.

cognitive growth milestones

Creative problem-solving and divergent thinking play crucial roles in children’s cognitive growth and overall development. Encouraging and nurturing their creativity at this age can have long-lasting benefits that extend across all subjects and areas of their lives8. Children’s creativity often peaks before the age of six, making the early years a critical window for fostering imaginative thinking and innovative solutions8.

Offering open-ended tools like puppets, blocks, and art supplies can enhance a child’s creative expression and problem-solving skills8.

To support and stimulate their cognitive growth, providing a wide range of experiences, such as visits to museums and libraries, can help build a solid foundation of knowledge and ignite their curiosity8.

Supporting Cognitive Growth at Home

Parents and caregivers play a vital role in nurturing and encouraging their child’s cognitive development. There are several ways in which you can support your child’s cognitive growth at home:

  1. Create a stimulating learning environment by providing age-appropriate toys, books, and educational materials.
  2. Encourage exploration and curiosity by exposing them to new experiences and environments.
  3. Engage in activities that promote problem-solving, such as puzzles or simple science experiments.
  4. Actively demonstrate information and engage in conversations that encourage critical thinking.
  5. Ask open-ended questions that require reasoning and explanation.

Remember, developmental milestones serve as guideposts for parents to gauge their child’s cognitive development, understanding that each child progresses at their own pace1. Celebrate their achievements and continuously provide a nurturing environment to unleash their cognitive potential and creativity.

Ages 4-5 Years: School Readiness

As children reach the age of 4 to 5 years, their cognitive growth milestones become increasingly evident. At this stage, they are ready to embark on their educational journey, equipped with essential skills and abilities that contribute to a smooth transition into school.

Children in this age group display a remarkable improvement in language and communication. They become more proficient in using words, imitating adult actions, and engaging in basic activities important for school preparedness. 9


One key cognitive milestone during this period is the ability to create and describe pictures. Children at this age can draw basic shapes, name and identify colors, and use their imagination to express their ideas through pictures. These creative endeavors help develop their cognitive abilities as they learn to represent their thoughts visually. 9

In addition to artistic expression, children aged 4 to 5 also develop numerical skills. They can count to five, gaining a basic understanding of numerical concepts. This early exposure to numbers lays a foundation for further mathematical learning in school. 9

Rhyming is another cognitive milestone commonly observed in children of this age. They begin to recognize and produce rhyming words, demonstrating their growing phonological awareness. This skill is vital for developing early reading and literacy skills. 9

Furthermore, children aged 4 to 5 years old can identify their place of residence, demonstrating an understanding of spatial awareness. They can provide their home address, showcasing their cognitive development in terms of memory and recall. 109)

Overall, children between the ages of 4 and 5 possess the cognitive skills necessary for successful school readiness. Their ability to create and describe pictures, count, identify colors, rhyme, and understand their location indicates their cognitive growth and preparedness for the challenges of formal education.


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Supporting Cognitive Growth in School-Age Children

Parents and educators play a crucial role in nurturing and supporting the cognitive growth of children aged 4 to 5 years. Here are some valuable suggestions:

  1. Provide thought-provoking materials and challenging games: Engage children in activities that stimulate their cognitive abilities, such as puzzles, educational games, and critical thinking exercises. This helps enhance their problem-solving skills and promotes cognitive development. 10
  2. Offer a variety of culturally diverse books for reading: Expose children to a wide range of literature that represents diverse cultures and experiences. Reading plays a significant role in developing vocabulary, language skills, and cognitive abilities. 10
  3. Model values of care, respect, and responsibility: Children learn by observing the behavior of adults. Demonstrating empathy, respect, and responsibility creates a positive learning environment that supports their cognitive and social-emotional development. 10
  4. Ensure a culturally sensitive environment void of negative portrayals: Create an inclusive and supportive atmosphere that celebrates diversity and avoids stereotypes or negative representations. A culturally sensitive environment fosters cognitive growth and nurtures children’s sense of identity. 10

By implementing these strategies, parents and educators can actively contribute to the cognitive growth and school readiness of children aged 4 to 5 years, setting them on a path to success in their educational journey.

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Understanding your child’s cognitive growth milestones is crucial for supporting their development. Research spanning the last 25 years11 has provided valuable insights into cognitive development in children. While children do not develop in traditional stages, cognitive development follows orderly sequences of steps within specific domains11. This development involves major qualitative changes and large-scale reorganizations11. Although there are universal steps in cognitive development, their universality varies based on context and individual children11.

During middle childhood (ages 5-7), children reach important cognitive milestones such as sentence composition, understanding of space and time concepts, and basic arithmetic10. Early adolescence (ages 8-12) brings milestones that involve counting backwards, understanding fractions, and interpreting complex text contexts10. Identifying potential red flags for cognitive development, such as struggles with basic concepts and task frustration, is essential10. The CDC provides developmental guidelines for parents and educators to support children’s cognitive growth10.

Starting from infancy, children exhibit remarkable cognitive development milestones12. Infants respond to caregivers through eye contact, smiles, and coos12. Toddlers experience an explosion of language development, transitioning from single words to simple sentences12. Preschoolers’ vocabulary expands, enabling them to engage in more detailed conversations12. In the early school years, children acquire foundational academic skills, including reading, writing, and math12. Pre-adolescents develop abstract thinking capabilities, engaging in conceptual and philosophical discussions12.

To support your child’s cognitive development, create an environment that encourages learning experiences and cultivates their interest in the world11. Demonstrating information, encouraging exploration, and asking questions can also promote cognitive growth11. Remember that children develop at their own pace, but if you have concerns, seek guidance from a doctor or early intervention services11.



What are cognitive growth milestones?

Cognitive growth milestones represent important steps forward in a child’s development. They refer to how children think, learn, explore, remember, and solve problems.

What are the cognitive development stages during the first three months?

During the first three months of a child’s life, major milestones focus on exploring the basic senses and learning about the body and the environment. Infants demonstrate anticipatory behaviors, detect sound differences, discern objects, focus on moving objects, see all colors, differentiate tastes, and use facial expressions to respond to their environment.

What cognitive milestones do infants reach from 3 to 6 months?

From 3 to 6 months, infants begin to develop a stronger sense of perception. They start to imitate facial expressions, react to familiar sounds, recognize familiar faces, and respond to the facial expressions of others.

What cognitive milestones do infants reach around 6 to 9 months?

Around 6 to 9 months, infants show curiosity and problem-solving skills. They gaze longer at “impossible” things, tell the differences between pictures depicting different numbers of objects, understand the differences between animate and inanimate objects, and utilize the relative size of an object to determine its distance.

What cognitive milestones do infants reach from 9 to 12 months?

By 9 to 12 months, most infants can enjoy looking at picture books, imitate gestures and basic actions, manipulate objects, respond with gestures and sounds, and understand the concept of object permanence.Advertisement

What cognitive milestones do children reach from 1 to 2 years old?

Around 1 to 2 years of age, children’s physical, social, and cognitive development shows significant growth. They can identify similar objects, imitate actions and language of adults, learn through exploration, point out familiar objects and people, understand and respond to words, and follow simple directions.

What cognitive milestones do children reach from 2 to 3 years old?

At 2 to 3 years of age, children become increasingly independent and actively explore the world. They can identify their own reflection, imitate complex adult actions, name objects in picture books, sort objects by category, and ask “why” questions to gain information.

What cognitive milestones do children reach from 3 to 4 years old?

By 3 to 4 years old, children demonstrate awareness of the past and present, learn by observing and listening to instructions, maintain a longer attention span, organize objects by size and shape, and seek answers to questions.

What cognitive milestones do children reach from 4 to 5 years old?

By 4 to 5 years old, children are becoming more proficient with using words, imitating adult actions, counting, and other basic activities important for school preparedness. They can create and describe pictures, count to five, draw basic shapes, name and identify colors, rhyme, and tell where they live.

How can I support my child’s cognitive development?

Understanding your child’s cognitive growth milestones and actively supporting their development is important. Encouraging learning experiences, cultivating their interest in the world, demonstrating information, encouraging exploration, and asking questions can all help promote cognitive development. Remember that all children develop at their own pace, but if you have concerns about your child’s development, don’t hesitate to seek guidance from a doctor or early intervention services.Advertisement

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Physical Development

Baby Fitness: Fun Ways to Keep Baby Active

Want to keep your baby active and engaged? Discover fun ways to promote physical development and bonding through creative fitness activities.



active baby fitness fun

Keep your baby active with engaging activities like tummy time for muscle strength and interactive workouts. Support baby during sit-ups and incorporate face-to-face engagement for bonding. Lift exercises can strengthen muscles – always prioritize safety. Stroller fitness adventures and crawling challenges add fun to physical activity. Dance and music activities promote coordination and a joyful atmosphere. Sensory play offers developmental advantages and quality bonding time. These activities cater to your baby's growth and enjoyment, promoting physical development and strengthening your bond. Different activities target various muscle groups and enhance motor skills, creating lasting memories and a healthy lifestyle foundation.

Key Takeaways

  • Incorporate interactive workouts to engage baby in physical activity and bonding.
  • Explore stroller fitness adventures for active and enjoyable outings.
  • Encourage crawling challenges to boost movement and cognitive skills.
  • Dance and music activities enhance motor skills and parent-child bonding.
  • Create sensory playtime for developmental benefits and quality bonding.

Stretching Together

To enhance your baby's flexibility and build a stronger bond, start every workout session with stretching together. During this time, you can introduce your little one to the concept of 'Tummy Time,' which not only helps in strengthening their neck, back, and shoulder muscles but also aids in the development of motor skills. As you gently hold their head and guide them through the stretches, remember to keep an eye on their comfort and adjust the intensity accordingly.

Engaging with your baby during stretches is key. Make sure to maintain eye contact and interact with them by counting out loud or making silly faces. Encouraging your baby to mimic your movements not only makes stretching interactive but also fosters a sense of fun and bonding between the two of you.

Meet in the Middle

collaboration in shared space

Start engaging your baby in a fun and interactive workout by incorporating them into sit-ups to meet in the middle. This activity isn't only enjoyable but also beneficial for the development of young children.

Here's how you can make the most of this exercise every day:

  1. Provide Support: Guarantee your baby's safety by offering support while including them in the sit-ups. Make eye contact and maintain a secure grip to prevent any accidents.
  2. Keep Them Entertained: Make the workout engaging by making silly faces, interacting with your baby, and incorporating playful gestures. This will help keep your little one entertained and excited to participate.
  3. Encourage Movement: As you perform sit-ups, involve your baby by placing them on your legs or midsection. Encourage them to stretch and move along with you, promoting physical activity that contributes to their development.

Baby Lift Fun

summer baby pool party

Engage your baby in a fun and effective workout by incorporating baby lifts into your routine. When performing baby lifts, make sure to prioritize safety by lifting your baby gently and securely to prevent any strain or discomfort.

These lifts can help strengthen your arms, shoulders, and core muscles while allowing you to interact with your little one. To target different muscle groups in your core, consider adding a twist from side to side as you lift your baby.

It's essential to ensure that your baby can support their head independently before attempting baby lifts to avoid any risks. By including baby lifts in your workout regimen, you can make exercise enjoyable and engaging for both you and your baby.


Remember to always pay attention to your baby's cues and comfort levels during these activities to create a positive and beneficial experience for both of you.

Face-to-Face Tummy Time

interactive tummy time session

Incorporate Face-to-Face Tummy Time into your baby fitness routine to engage with your little one and strengthen your core muscles simultaneously. This activity involves positioning yourself facing your baby during their tummy time session, allowing you to interact and bond while working on your fitness.

Here are three benefits of incorporating Face-to-Face Tummy Time into your routine:

  1. Bonding and Interaction: By maintaining eye contact with your baby at their eye level, you can create a strong bond and encourage social interaction during the exercise.
  2. Core Strengthening: While engaging with your baby, you can perform push-ups, which help strengthen your core muscles. This dual benefit allows you to work on your fitness while spending quality time with your little one.
  3. Promote Physical Development: Face-to-Face Tummy Time not only benefits your core muscles but also aids in promoting your baby's physical development. This interactive exercise can enhance their motor skills and overall growth.

Tummy Time Hold

supporting baby s development together

Lie on your back with raised legs to provide a supportive surface for your baby during Tummy Time Hold. This position offers a beneficial way to help your little one develop essential muscles.

By placing your baby on your legs, they engage in strengthening exercises for their neck, back, and core. Not only does Tummy Time Hold contribute to physical growth, but it also enhances bonding moments between you and your baby.

As your baby practices light crunches in this position, they work on improving their motor skills and balance. This interactive and engaging activity can be a fun way to spend quality time together while promoting your baby's overall well-being.

Consider incorporating Tummy Time Hold into your routine to support your baby's physical development and create memorable moments filled with laughter and connection.


City Stroller Adventures

exploring urban landscapes together

To keep both you and your baby active and engaged, consider undertaking exciting City Stroller Adventures that offer a fun way to explore urban environments together.

  1. Incorporate Fitness: During your city stroller adventures, try incorporating lunges, jumps, or varying your pace to add a physical workout element to your stroller outings. This can help you stay active while pushing the stroller and engaging different muscle groups.
  2. Choose the Right Location: Opt for a quiet and safe location for your city stroller adventures. This guarantees a pleasant and stress-free experience for both you and your baby. Selecting a place with smooth paths and beautiful surroundings can make the outing more enjoyable.
  3. Enhance Sensory Experience: Enjoy the outdoor surroundings during your stroller walks to enhance the sensory experience for your baby. The sights, sounds, and smells of the city can captivate your little one's curiosity and create lasting memories for both of you.

Crawl Race Challenge

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Engage your baby in a crawl race challenge to boost their crawling skills and encourage movement in a playful manner.

By racing alongside your little one on all fours, you provide a stimulating environment that promotes mobility and physical activity.

This interactive activity not only supports your baby's development but also creates a fun and bonding experience for both of you.

Crawling for Mobility

Encourage your baby's mobility and motor skills development through the engaging and fun activity of a crawl race challenge. Crawling is an important milestone in your infant's growth, enhancing their strength, coordination, and cognitive abilities.

Here are three key benefits of engaging in crawl races with your little one:

  1. Physical Strength: Crawling aids in building core strength, improving balance, and enhancing spatial awareness. Through the crawl race challenge, your baby can strengthen their muscles and develop better control over their movements.
  2. Motor Skills Development: Participating in crawl races encourages your baby to explore movement patterns, leading to the refinement of their gross motor skills. This activity can help them gain confidence in their physical abilities and coordination.
  3. Parent-Child Bonding: Engaging in interactive activities like the crawl race challenge fosters a stronger bond between you and your baby. It provides a fun and stimulating environment for them to practice crawling while enjoying your supportive presence.

Encouraging Movement Playfully

Get ready to amp up your baby's movement skills with the exciting activity of the Crawl Race Challenge. This fun and engaging activity involves getting down on all fours and racing with your baby as they crawl, which not only promotes their physical development but also encourages their crawling skills through playful interaction.

By participating in the Crawl Race Challenge, you can support your baby's exploration and movement in a safe and enjoyable manner, fostering a deeper bond between you and your little one. This simple yet entertaining race offers a great way to promote physical activity while creating lasting memories with your baby.


Additionally, engaging in the Crawl Race Challenge can enhance your baby's motor skills and coordination, providing a fun and memorable experience for both of you. So, get ready to crawl alongside your baby and enjoy the benefits of this playful and movement-boosting activity.

Baby Dance Party

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Baby dance parties offer a dynamic way to combine music and movement, engaging both you and your baby in fun and interactive play. Through these lively sessions, you can foster a deeper bond with your little one while enhancing their coordination and rhythm skills.

Such engaging activities not only promote physical fitness but also create a joyful atmosphere that can strengthen your relationship through shared moments of play and movement.

Music and Movement

Engage your little one in lively dance sessions to boost their coordination and motor skills while fostering a strong parent-child connection through music and movement. Dancing to music not only enhances physical abilities but also helps in creating lasting memories with your baby.

Here are three tips to make your baby dance party a fun and beneficial experience:

  1. Choose a Variety of Music: Introduce your baby to different genres and rhythms to stimulate their auditory senses and expand their musical appreciation. From classical tunes to upbeat pop songs, exploring various types of music can keep your baby engaged and excited during dance sessions.
  2. Follow Your Baby's Lead: Allow your baby to move freely and express themselves through dance. Following their cues and mirroring their movements can make the experience more interactive and enjoyable for both of you, strengthening your bond and promoting emotional connection.
  3. Incorporate Props: Adding props like colorful scarves or musical instruments can add a sensory element to the dance party, encouraging exploration and creativity while enhancing cognitive development in your little one.

Engaging Playtime Activities

Explore the world of engaging playtime activities with your little one through the joyful and beneficial experience of a baby dance party.

These lively gatherings not only bring fun and entertainment but also offer numerous developmental advantages for your baby.


Baby dance parties are an interactive way to engage with your little one, fostering movement and physical activity in a vibrant setting. By dancing with your baby, you can help enhance their coordination, balance, and rhythm skills.

The music played during these dance parties serves as a sensory stimulant, aiding in the development of your baby's senses and contributing to a positive mood and emotional well-being.

Additionally, engaging in baby dance parties creates an ideal opportunity for bonding and quality time with your child. By encouraging movement through dance early on, you're laying a foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle that can benefit your baby in the long run.

Bonding Through Dance

Enhance your bond with your little one through the joyful experience of a baby dance party. Dancing with your baby not only creates moments of happiness but also offers a range of developmental benefits. Here are three ways how baby dance parties can strengthen your connection and promote your baby's growth:

  1. Multisensory Engagement:

The combination of music, movement, and eye contact during a dance party stimulates your baby's senses, fostering a deeper level of engagement between you and your little one.

  1. Physical Development:

Dancing with your baby encourages physical activity, aiding in the development of coordination, balance, and rhythm. These movements help strengthen your baby's muscles and improve their overall motor skills.

  1. Cognitive Stimulation:

Engaging in dance activities can boost your baby's cognitive skills by introducing them to new patterns, rhythms, and movements. This stimulation can enhance your baby's learning abilities and contribute to their cognitive development.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Encourage a Baby to Be More Active?

To encourage a baby to be more active, place them on their back for leg kicking exercises, engage in pulling and pushing activities, allow supervised crawling, promote outdoor play for spatial awareness, and introduce swimming early on for muscle development and water confidence.


How Do I Entertain My Baby While Working Out?

While working out, entertain your baby by turning exercises into games! Use counting and eye contact during stretches, involve them in sit-ups for interaction, twist side to side during baby lifts, and have a dance party for fun movement.

How Do You Entertain an Active Baby?

To entertain an active baby, engage in interactive play with toys and music. Encourage movement through tummy time, crawling, and reaching for objects. Take stroller walks in safe areas, create dance parties, and enjoy outdoor activities.

What to Do With Baby When You Go to the Gym?

When you go to the gym, you can utilize their childcare services. They have trained staff to keep your baby safe and entertained while you work out. Check the facilities and communicate your baby's needs for a worry-free experience.


To sum up, integrating baby fitness activities into your daily routine can't only enhance physical health but also foster lasting bonds with your little one.

So why not make fitness a fun and interactive part of your baby's day? Give these engaging exercises a try and observe how your baby becomes stronger and more active with each session.


Remember, staying active is crucial for a healthy lifestyle, even for the smallest members of your family.

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Baby Enrichment Toys: Enhancing Development

Boost your baby's development with sensory toys and interactive games, setting the stage for cognitive growth and motor skills – discover more benefits ahead.



toys for baby s growth

Enhance your baby's developmental journey with sensory toys for neural growth. Stimulating cognitive skills with interactive toys nurtures critical thinking and logical abilities. Fine motor skills improve through toys like Wooden Blocks, aiding coordination and dexterity. Problem-solving toys, like shape sorters, lay the groundwork for kids' logical reasoning. Toys with sounds and words foster language acquisition and social-emotional skills. Choosing the right enrichment toys strategically benefits cognitive, motor, and social development. Further insights on selecting the best toys for your baby await.

Key Takeaways

  • Sensory toys aid in neural development through varied stimuli.
  • Interactive toys enhance cognitive skills like problem-solving and logical thinking.
  • Fine motor skills are developed through activities like stacking blocks.
  • Problem-solving toys boost critical thinking and decision-making abilities.
  • Interactive toys foster language and social-emotional development in infants.

Importance of Sensory Stimulation

Engaging your baby in sensory stimulation through enrichment toys is essential for their neural development and overall growth. Sensory toys play an important role in providing infants with the necessary stimuli to enhance their cognitive and motor skills. By exposing babies to various textures, sounds, and colors, these toys engage multiple senses, contributing to their overall development.

Through sensory play, infants not only entertain themselves but also actively explore the world around them, fostering curiosity and facilitating learning experiences.

The importance of sensory stimulation from an early age can't be overstated. It helps in building neural connections in the brain, laying the foundation for better problem-solving and social interaction skills in the future. By introducing infants to a diverse range of sensory experiences through toys, you're actively supporting their cognitive and motor skill development, setting them on a path towards healthy growth and learning.

Enhancing Cognitive Skills

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To boost your baby's cognitive skills, interactive toys that encourage problem-solving and logical thinking are essential. Cognitive development in infants is important for laying the foundation for future learning and understanding.

Toys like shape sorters, puzzles, and nesting toys are excellent choices to stimulate your child's cognitive development. These toys promote critical thinking, spatial awareness, and cause-and-effect relationships.

Engaging in activities that encourage exploration, discovery, and hands-on problem-solving can greatly enhance your baby's cognitive skills. Additionally, reading interactive books, playing with musical instruments, and participating in sensory play can further support cognitive growth in infants.


Fine Motor Skill Development

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Fine motor skills involve the coordination of small muscles in movements like grasping, holding, and manipulating objects, essential for infants' overall development.

Toys like Wooden Blocks are excellent for enhancing fine motor skills in babies. Activities such as stacking blocks not only entertain infants but also aid in the development of hand-eye coordination and dexterity.

These developmental toys for babies are vital for laying the foundation for tasks like self-feeding, drawing, and writing later on. By engaging in activities that involve picking up, holding, and transferring objects, infants strengthen their fine motor skills, which are essential for more complex movements and tasks as they grow.

While gross motor skills involve larger muscle groups and whole-body movements, fine motor skills are necessary for precise actions. Encouraging your baby to play with stacking blocks and other toys that promote fine motor skill development is a fun and effective way to support their overall Baby Development.

Promoting Problem-Solving Abilities

encouraging critical thinking skills

Encouraging your baby to interact with problem-solving toys like shape sorters and puzzles can foster their critical thinking skills from an early age. These toys provide opportunities for your little one to analyze, strategize, and find solutions to challenges, ultimately promoting cognitive development.

By engaging with problem-solving toys, babies learn to focus, concentrate, and persist in solving problems, which are essential skills for their overall development. The process of trial and error while playing with these toys enhances their problem-solving abilities and decision-making skills.

Shape sorters and puzzles not only lay the foundation for logical reasoning but also help in developing spatial awareness and fostering creative thinking in infants. Incorporating these toys into your baby's playtime can greatly contribute to their cognitive growth and prepare them with valuable skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.


Language and Social-Emotional Development

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Interactive toys that incorporate sounds, music, and words play an important role in fostering language development in infants. These toys not only entertain but also help in expanding vocabulary and language skills.

Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Interactive books: These books engage babies with colorful images, sounds, and simple words, aiding in language acquisition and cognitive development.
  • Talking toys: Toys that speak words or phrases can assist infants in learning new words and understanding language patterns, promoting communication skills.
  • Dolls: Playing with dolls can contribute to social-emotional development by encouraging empathy and nurturing behavior in children.

Toys that encourage language development and social-emotional skills are vital for a child's overall growth. By providing a variety of toys that stimulate language learning and foster empathy, you can support your baby's developmental journey effectively.

Choosing the Right Enrichment Toys

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Consider the age and developmental stage of the child when selecting enrichment toys that cater to various aspects of growth and learning.

When choosing baby toys, opt for ones that aid in fine motor skills development through activities like grasping, stacking, and sorting.

Look for toys that promote cognitive development by encouraging problem-solving, memory, and logical thinking.

Sensory exploration can be enhanced with toys that have various textures, sounds, and colors to engage multiple senses.

Interactive play is important for social-emotional growth, so selecting toys that allow for shared experiences and cooperation is beneficial.


Make sure that the toys are age-appropriate to prevent any safety hazards and to match the child's current abilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Toys Are Good for Baby Development?

For your baby's development, consider toys like rattles, mirrors, and musical mobiles. These help with sensory and social growth. As they grow, textured teethers, soft squeeze toys, and peek-a-boo toys can aid cognitive and motor skills.

How Do Toys Stimulate Infant Development?

Toys stimulate infant development by promoting sensory exploration, cognitive skills, and motor coordination. They help babies learn cause-and-effect relationships, encourage problem-solving abilities, and enhance fine motor skills. Interactive toys with various textures, sounds, and colors contribute to cognitive growth.

What Type of Toys Are Best for Developing Cognitive Development?

To develop cognitive skills in infants, opt for toys like shape sorters and interactive books with textures. These items boost problem-solving abilities and stimulate learning. Musical instruments and cause-and-effect toys also aid in cognitive growth.

What Kind of Toys or Experiences Would Help Stimulate the Baby's Brain Development?

To boost brain development in babies, engage them with toys that promote sensory exploration, like rattles and soft toys. Interactive toys such as shape sorters and building blocks enhance fine motor skills. Encourage cognitive growth with textured books.



To sum up, baby enrichment toys play a vital role in enhancing a child's overall development. Research has shown that children who engage with sensory-stimulating toys from an early age are more likely to exhibit advanced cognitive, motor, problem-solving, and language skills.

In fact, a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that infants who are exposed to a variety of enrichment toys show a 25% increase in language development by the age of 2. Choose wisely and watch your child thrive.

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Baby Exercise: Keeping Your Baby Active

Kickstart your baby's active lifestyle with tailored exercises to enhance their physical development and milestones – find out how in this insightful guide!



active baby exercise routine

Promote your baby's active lifestyle through tailored exercises is crucial for their physical development. These activities not only enhance muscle tone, coordination, and balance but also aid in achieving significant milestones like crawling and walking. Engaging in interactive play, prioritizing tummy time, and incorporating fun workout ideas can foster a holistic approach to your baby's well-being and growth. By implementing strengthening exercises and bonding through physical activities, you can support their motor development and nurture a stronger parent-child connection. Embrace the benefits of baby exercise to guarantee a healthy and active lifestyle for your little one.

Key Takeaways

  • Engage in interactive play to stimulate physical development and strengthen muscles.
  • Prioritize tummy time to prevent flat spots and enhance motor skills.
  • Use baby carriers for exercises like baby lifts to build upper body strength.
  • Incorporate dance parties and crawl races for fun workouts.
  • Bond with your baby through exercise to promote emotional connection and well-being.

Benefits of Baby Exercise

Engaging in baby exercise offers numerous benefits that contribute to your child's overall development and well-being. One key advantage is the enhancement of upper body strength in infants. Activities like tummy time, where babies spend time lying on their stomachs, help them strengthen their neck, shoulder, and arm muscles. By regularly engaging in exercises that promote upper body strength, your baby can develop the necessary muscles to support milestones like lifting their head, rolling over, and eventually crawling.

Moreover, tummy time not only aids in building upper body strength but also plays an important role in preventing flat spots on the back of your baby's head. This essential exercise helps distribute your baby's weight more evenly when they're lying down, reducing the likelihood of developing positional plagiocephaly.

Incorporating tummy time and exercises that boost upper body strength into your baby's routine can greatly contribute to their physical development and overall well-being.

Importance of Movement for Babies

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Regular movement is essential for babies as it strengthens muscles, improves motor skills, and supports overall physical development. When your baby gets used to moving their body, they not only enhance muscle tone but also develop coordination and balance.

Activities like tummy time help build neck and core muscles, important for later milestones such as sitting and crawling. Encouraging reaching motions can boost hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Crawling, whether traditional or commando style, aids in strengthening various muscle groups, preparing your baby for future movements like walking.

Engaging in gentle exercises with your baby not only promotes physical development but also fosters a strong bond between you both. These movements set the foundation for more complex physical skills later in life and contribute to your baby's overall health and well-being.


Top Baby Exercise Tips

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To promote your baby's physical development and strengthen your bond, consider these top tips for baby exercises.

  1. Engage in Interactive Play:

Incorporate interactive play into your daily routine to encourage movement and enhance your baby's motor skills development. Play games that involve reaching, grasping, and kicking to stimulate your baby's physical activity.

  1. Prioritize Tummy Time:

Introduce tummy time early on to help strengthen your baby's neck, head, and upper body muscles. This position is important for building essential muscles and preventing flat spots on your baby's head.

  1. Support Their Head:

When engaging in activities that involve movement, always make sure to provide proper support for your baby's head. Holding their head gently but securely during exercises like baby lifts and tummy time is necessary for their safety and comfort.

Fun Workout Ideas for Baby

creative baby exercise suggestions

Incorporate fun workout ideas to keep your baby active and engaged while promoting their physical development. Utilize a baby carrier for activities such as baby lifts, which not only provide exercise for you but also foster closeness with your little one.

Maintain eye contact during face-to-face tummy time holds to enhance bonding while encouraging your baby's core strength. Engage in a crawl race with your baby to stimulate their crawling skills through playful movement.

Create a lively atmosphere by having a dance party with your baby, incorporating music and active play to promote movement and enjoyment. Take advantage of outdoor walks or runs with your baby in a stroller to stay active together and explore the surroundings.

Make workout sessions interactive by involving your baby in exercises like stretching, sit-ups, and overhead presses to make physical activity a fun and beneficial experience for both of you.

Strengthening Exercises for Baby

baby strength training routine

Enhancing your baby's muscle tone and coordination through strengthening exercises is crucial for their physical development and motor skill enhancement. To guarantee your baby receives the maximum benefit from these exercises, follow these tips:

  1. Tummy Time: Place your baby on their tummy on a flat surface. Encourage them to lift their head and push up on their arms. This exercise helps strengthen their neck, shoulder, and arm muscles.
  2. Baby Sit-Ups: Gently hold your baby's hands and guide them to sit up. Repeat this movement several times, providing your baby plenty of praise for their efforts. Baby sit-ups help enhance core strength and support the development of sitting skills.
  3. Lifting Weights: Using lightweight toys or objects, encourage your baby to grasp and lift them. This activity aids in improving hand-eye coordination and overall muscle strength.

Remember to always supervise your baby during these exercises and make it a fun and engaging experience for them.

Bonding Through Baby Exercise

bonding through baby yoga

Engaging in baby exercises with your little one is a wonderful way to strengthen your parent-child bond while nurturing their physical development. Through bonding through baby exercise, you can create shared activities that promote a deeper connection in your parent-child relationship. By involving your baby in your exercise routines, you establish meaningful interactions that foster a sense of togetherness and joy. These shared activities not only benefit your baby's physical health but also enhance the emotional bond between you and your child.

Bonding through baby exercise involves more than just physical touch and movement. It also includes the essential elements of eye contact and shared experiences. These components play a significant role in developing a strong parent-child relationship built on trust and connection. By participating in baby exercises, you engage in a unique form of bonding that's both beneficial for your baby's development and rewarding for your relationship.

Promoting Baby's Motor Development

supporting infant s motor skills

To promote your baby's motor development, focus on milestones such as tummy time to strengthen their neck and upper body muscles.

Encourage reaching, grasping, and rolling activities that enhance their motor skills.


Engage your baby in play-based activities that support crawling, standing, and other movements, fostering a safe and interactive environment for their physical growth.

Motor Skills Milestones

Developing your baby's motor skills is essential during their early months as they progress through various milestones. Understanding the progression of motor skills can help you support your baby's physical development effectively:

  1. 3-6 Months: During this period, babies start reaching for toys and rolling on their backs during tummy time. These activities help strengthen muscles, improve heart rate regulation, and enhance coordination.
  2. 6-9 Months: By this stage, babies may achieve milestones like rolling from tummy to back, sitting with assistance, and pushing up on hands and knees. These actions contribute to their sitting position stability and motor skills advancement.
  3. 9-12 Months: Around this time, babies often begin crawling, rolling, pulling to stand, and playing with toys using both hands. These activities promote further exploration of movement possibilities and fine motor skills development.

Tracking your baby's progress and providing opportunities for them to practice these movements can significantly aid in their physical and motor skills growth.

Play-Based Activities

To support your baby's motor development, incorporate play-based activities that encourage movement and exploration. Interactive play sessions are a vital way to promote baby exercise and enhance their motor skills.

Engage your baby in activities that encourage reaching, grasping, and rolling, helping them develop coordination and strength. Utilizing tummy time is essential for strengthening neck and upper body muscles, preparing your baby for crawling, sitting, and standing.

These play-based movements not only aid in physical development but also foster a strong bond between you and your little one through fun and engaging interactions. By incorporating play into your daily routine, you create a stimulating environment that supports your baby's overall growth and development.


Incorporating Baby Into Your Workout

exercise routines with infants

Incorporate your baby into your workout routine to enhance bonding and promote physical development. Giving your baby a good idea of plenty of options to join in won't only benefit you but also foster a healthy and active lifestyle for your little one.

Here are some ways you can include your baby in your workout:

  1. Stroller Exercises: Take your baby for a walk or jog in the stroller and incorporate exercises like lunges and squats while pushing the stroller for added resistance and interaction.
  2. Baby-Inclusive Strength Training: Modify exercises like push-ups and overhead press by including your baby. This way, you can work on your strength while engaging your baby in a fun and active manner.
  3. Dance Together: Dancing is a joyful way to stay active. Put on some music and sway with your baby, promoting movement and bonding through rhythm and movement.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Keep My Baby Active?

To keep your baby active, engage in interactive play, try tummy time, and incorporate age-appropriate exercises like crawling races and dance parties. Use baby-friendly equipment for outdoor activities and always practice safe and supervised exercises for bonding and development.

Does Exercise Make Baby More Active?

Exercise does make babies more active! It's a proven way to boost their energy levels, enhance motor skills, and promote healthy development. So, keep engaging in physical activities with your baby to foster their growth and well-being.

How Do I Keep My Baby Busy While Working Out?

To keep your baby busy while working out, engage them with interactive toys, use carriers for closeness, talk or sing to entertain, add movement into exercises, and opt for face-to-face activities for bonding. Stay active together!

How Do You Stay Active With a Baby?

To stay active with a baby, you can include them in your workouts by dancing, doing stroller lunges, and squats. Make exercise a fun bonding time by incorporating activities like push-ups, press-ups, and baby airplane abs.


Keep your baby active and engaged through fun workout ideas and strengthening exercises.


By incorporating baby exercise into your daily routine, you aren't only promoting your baby's motor development but also strengthening the bond between you and your little one.

Remember, movement is key for your baby's growth and development, so get moving and have fun together!

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