All babies love to explore. They explore their surroundings and the ways that things relate to each other. Giving your child the opportunity to explore is messy but "hands on" is the best way for your baby to learn. Exploring increases your baby's knowledge about the world, and you can have conversations about that world.
Remember that any daily experience can become a language experience. You can take advantage of many simple daily routines for introducing concept words.
The list is endless: grocery shopping, doing laundry, walking the dog, or even cleaning the refrigerator. Have fun exploring together!
Do you have a kitchen drawer that seems to draw your baby like a magnet?
Instead of putting a baby lock on that one drawer, put a big colored flower or frog on the drawer that indicates, "This one is for you to explore." Inside, you can put all sizes and kinds of plastic lids or pans with lids.
There is the screw-off lid from a peanut butter jar (too big to be swallowed), the square lid of a sandwich container, the big round lid of a coffee can, a clear lid and colored lids, huge lids and smaller lids.
While you are cooking, paying bills, or working on the computer at the kitchen table, your baby can open the drawer...
Put a washtub in your bathroom, full of plastic cups (with and without handles), measuring cups, plastic bottles with narrow necks, sand toys or a plastic colander with holes, and other enticing containers for pouring. At bath time, put the containers in the tub for some "exploring."
Spread an old blanket on the grass on a nice day, and bring a few things to the blanket at a time: a flower, a leaf, a rock (too big to swallow).
Or go for a walk with the stroller and walk up to the object your baby notices.