How to ensure the baby is fully engaged with the activity?
1⃣ choose games connected with real life experience of the baby. For example, before trying to paint some vegetables, open the fridge and show how they look in real life🌽 Tell how these veggies are grown, picked, put inside the car, how they found their way into your fridge( yes tell it even if your baby is 12 months old. He will understand😅)
2⃣ Choose games similar to what baby is doing at this moment. You might think he is sitting idle, but maybe he is busy sorting through some small paper pieces which he has found on the floor? According to him, at this moment this is an amazing game. He is busy. So create the activity connected to it- tell him the pieces of paper are snowflakes, throw them around, dance in the "snowfall", count the snowflakes.
3⃣ Babies are always most eager to "help", so if Mom is cutting veggies, he would Love to play"cutting veggies with Mom". Just give him