At birth, your child already has almost all of the neurons they’ll need for the rest of their lives, even though their brains are only 25% the size of an adult brain. At just three years old, your child’s brain will be about 80% the size of an adult brain. Toddlers learn things more quickly than adults do because of the manner in which their brain functions.
1. Counting: Most toddlers can count numbers. The concept which challenges their brain is one where they’re unable to comprehend that appearances don’t always tell the whole story. If a pile of things looks bigger, they will assume there are more objects in that pile even if the number is the same. Help them understand by counting the objects in each group. This will take some time to learn, so don’t be surprised if your child still doesn’t believe you. This brain exercise is a great learning activity for toddlers.
2. Similarities and differences: Our child will be able to recognize patterns through two interactive games, i.e. matching and spot the difference, the former enables the child to match the objects which are similar in nature. Place six toys with two toys being of a different size in front of him/her. You can ask your toddler to group the ones that are similar in nature. The latter concept of spotting the difference is where the toddler learns to notice the difference between two objects. Such activities channel your child’s brain waves.
3. Sensory: As ‘hands-on’ parents, we seek ‘hands-on ‘activities and sensory play fits the bill. You could use interesting textures, colors, music, and foods to help engage to engage their senses. A sensory table with materials or objects which allow the child to use their eyes, ears, nose, mouth and hands can be placed in trays for a fun experience. Provide a diversity of sensory experiences and encouraging sensory exploration at this time. Provide a diversity of sensory experiences and encouraging sensory exploration at this time.
4. Problem-solving activities: Problem-solving is a skill set used by your baby that incorporates his or her ability to perceive, think, and gain understanding about his or her world; including remembering and decision-making.
1. Play peek-a-boo.
2. Play hide-and-seek with objects.
3. Play with puzzles, blocks, or drawing materials.
4. Help your child “write” his own book by writing his words while he or she draws the pictures.
5. Teach the words: on, under, behind, around by playing games like ‘Simon Says’.
6. Provide a “dress-up” box for your child for imaginative play.
6. Power of questioning: Questioning is a powerful tool to continue to develop curiosity in your child. When your toddler asks ‘why’ on their own, helping them learn to ask the right questions and predict the answers will be a valuable skill for them to learn.
7. Storytelling, repetitions and acronyms: Ask your child to tell a story. Storytelling is a powerful tool of self-discovery, communication. If you want to help your child remember things better, ask them to tell you a story about things that have happened to them.
8. Repetition: It is a simple way for them to strengthen connections in their brain and memorize interesting stories or important information.
9. Associations, connections, and acronyms: Activities include drawing pictures that contain imagery representations of an idea, creating an easy-to-remember acronym, or associating mundane ideas with more exciting ones.
School and various preschool activities will help a lot with the development of the brain. The various activities listed above provide are sure to help you meet your toddler’s milestones.
The Hello English Kids’ app allows your child to question through the 5 W’s wherein the questions are asked for each story on the app. The app aims at using storytelling as a tool to improve your child’s vocabulary growth. The comprehensive set of rhymes ensures your child learns through interaction. Your child recollects content with the pattern and the games are designed to enable them to match the correct answer to a picture.