Things seem to be going well with you and Skye. You may have to show him how to play with the foot toys if he doesn't catch on himself, and see then if he has any interest in them. He may just prefer other kinds of toys. Ralph started imitating speech a short time after he came home with me, at six months old. The first thing he learned to say was "wait, wait, wait, wait, wait," because that's what I'd say to him when I was busy with something and he wanted my attention. He's not really a talkative parrot, but he knows and understands lots of words. Among the things he says most often are pretty bird, water, pellets, up, down and good parrot. He likes to make tapping sounds and enjoys quacking like a duck and clucking like a chicken, and he imitates the creaking sound of one of the cupboard doors in the kitchen. That same door also squeaks, and Scooter the CAG imitates that sound. I made a swing for Ralph when I first got him. He didn't want to perch on it, but had fun chewing it up.