Promoting early childhood brain development with simple games is the best gift we can give to our children. If you're the parent of a toddler or care for young children, you'll love learning about the work of our parenting skills expert author, Deborah McNelis. She is an early brain development specialist.
Deborah creates card packets for your pocket to use throughout the day. Just pull out the packet, find a fun activity, and use it to enrich your baby's brain development. Today she'll share 3 activities your young toddler (6-9 months) will love.
Interaction with videos, TV, or You? Which Is Best?
Deborah, an early childhood brain specialist, tells us, "Learning happens when playing with real things and interacting with people." She says that TV and videos are not the best ways for your baby's brains to learn.
So, what can you do? Keep reading.
3 Parent/Child Games that Develop Babies Brains
1. Hide the Toy - Have your beginning toddler watch you hide a toy. Encourage your little one to crawl to it. Show your excitement, with facial joy, clapping, and happy words as your baby finds it. Why? Babies love your happy actions and the sound of your voice.
2. Waiting in Line - Let's say your baby is sitting in a shopping cart. You're waiting in a long line. Deborah suggests you take your child's hands, clap them together, and say his name. "Do it over and over again." Why? Your baby will know how special he is. Your touch and hearing his name will prove it.
3. Touching Different Textures - Sit your baby on the floor or in her high chair while you're cooking. Give her different textures to touch and play with. Deborah suggests a rubber spatula, a wooden spoon, a plastic container, and measuring spoons. Why? Examining safe items will give her pleasure and stimulate her brain.
One more thing, Deborah tells us that 85% of brain development happens in the first 3 years. Of course, Deborah always promotes safety in the activities we choose.
I like the simplicity of Deborah's creative ideas. I find it reassuring to know that exposing our children to ordinary things, showing our baby our pleasure in what she is learning, and letting her explore things helps her brain develop in wonderful ways.
Let's THANK Deborah McNelis for sharing her work in Early Childhood Development.
Pick up her BrainInsight Packets which include activities from ages Birth - 5 years.
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