Give your baby or toddler lots of natural and safe items like cardboard boxes so they can play and learn about knocking things over and cause and effect.
Babies love to bang things. It doesn’t need to be a tambourine – it can be a pot or a pan and a wooden spoon. A loud bang is a very satisfying result for a baby!
It’s really nice to set things up where they have that experience of autonomy, where they’re in charge. When they are banging a drum they get the reward of the sound as the beater hits the drum. It gives them great pleasure, they get a release of dopamine and learn about making a noise.
Whey do babies knock things over?
Before babies can build things up, they actually like knocking things over. You can play some really nice games with cereal boxes, where you create a high tower and they will just have the greatest time just knocking that over again and again. It may seem like a pointless thing to do, but it’s actually really important for babies of this age. They’re learning about cause and effect, they’re learning that they have the power to do things within their own environment.
This gives babies a real sense that they have control over their world. They go through a stage where they absolutely love knocking things down. They’re not being naughty, they’re actually learning about cause and effect and it’s all really important for their development.