6 MONTHS AND UP: Place the toy in the child's lap and encourage the child to hug and pat it.
Hold the toy in front of the child as you tap it to play the animal sounds and songs.
Show the child his or her reflection in the mirror. As the child begins to recognize the reflection as his or her own, encourage facial expressions such as opening the mouth or blowing raspberries.
12 MONTHS AND UP: Help the child identify the colors on the toy. Say a color name aloud and help the child point to that color.
Point to the different animals and identify them. Ask the child to touch each picture as you name it.
Toss and catch or pat the toy at random, and help the child identify the correct animal to match the sound made.
18 MONTHS AND UP: Point to the different pictures on the toy, and ask the child to identify each one.
Help the child count different groupings on the toy (petals around the mirror, knots along the edge, clovers next to the duck). Say the numbers aloud together as you count.
Name a color or pattern, and ask the child to point to all the places on the toy that it appears.
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