Telephone Talk

Telephone Talk (5)

If one telephone is fun, then two telephones are twice as fun!

Smartphones are like catnip for babies, Veronika included, which is why I deliberately avoid my phone except for necessary calls. A far safer alternative is to buy baby a toy cell phone. We happen to have two versions of the same phone, which makes for perfect games of “phone call”.

Today I sat down with her and pretended to dial.

Telephone Talk (3)

I handed her the other phone and began a conversation. “What should we do today?”

Telephone Talk (2)

Wait for your baby to babble back, which will help encourage the idea of a two-way conversation. Oh my goodness, she looks too much like a teenager already!

Telephone Talk (4)

Then it was her turn to dial me!

Telephone Talk (6)

This kind of make-believe play might seem advanced for a 10 month old, but it’s exactly through such modeling that Veronika is learning about the world. Nice chatting with you!

 

Ding-a-Ling

Ding a Ling (3).JPG

Does your baby reach for your smartphone all the time? Curb the move by introducing a far safer baby toy… A telephone in the shape of an old-fashioned rotary version!

Ding a Ling (1)

These toys are a classic for a reason and it hardly matters that little kids don’t even recognize this as a phone anymore. Between dinging noises, twisting dials and a slim receiver to hold, little babies need no prompt to play.

Ding a Ling (4)

But for added fun, today I sat down and made “calls” with Veronika. I pretended to have a conversation with her grandmother, chatting about what we would do that day. Make sure you use big facial expressions and exaggerated voices.

Ding a Ling (2)

When she saw me talking into the receiver, she had to be part of the action of course.

Ding a Ling (5)

She started babbling along and reaching for the mouthpiece to hold up to her own ear. Games like this are fantastic, since you’ll be playing but also teaching your little one about real-life interactions and etiquette.

Ding a Ling (6)

String Telephone

String Phone (3)

I wanted to show Travis a bit about how sound travels by making a classic craft – a string telephone. The “phone” didn’t work quite as well as I hoped, but it was a neat way to explain to him the concept that sound can travel!

First, poke a hole in two plastic cups – this is definitely a grown up step, since plastic comes thick these days! I carefully hammered a nail into the bottom of each.

String Phone (1)

The only string we had that was long enough was floss. However, the floss may have impeded our sound from traveling as well as it should have. If you have kite string, try that instead!

String Phone (2)

Either way, Travis’s favorite part of the whole project was walking backwards away from me until we had a really long piece of floss.

I slipped one end of the string into each cup, securing around a paper clip, and then we gave our phone a test.

 

String Phone (4).JPG

The sound did make the plastic cups vibrate against your ear, but not enough for the words to really come through. Travis’s father insists I should have used tin cans, though I’ve seen this successfully done with plastic before. Next time we’ll nix the floss.