BABYMINDER – Here are some activities that can help stimulate your baby’s mind starting from the womb all the way until five years of age.
For the unborn
Talk and sing songs to your unborn baby. Studies have shown that the fetus reacts strongly to sound stimulation. Talking to your baby will help him pick out your voice from the other voices. Listen to classical or other soothing music. When you do that, it is as if your baby is listening to the same music.
For the infant (birth to one-year old)
Surround your baby with things he can explore to stimulate his vision and help his brain develop. Show and let him touch toys and objects of different colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Play with him using toys that make different sounds like a rattle, a squeeze toy, or a musical instrument.
Read books to your baby. And make him touch and explore the books you read him. Let him see the colors, shapes, and letter. Get board books, vinyl books, and cloth books. Avoid breakable or harmful toys.
Stimulate your baby’s curiosity for other people’s facial features by making different facial expressions. Make sure to say the name of the facial expression while making them. For example, show your baby a smile and say “happy.”[pq]Play peek-a-boo with your baby. It delights your baby to see your face in a snap after being not in his sight for a while.[/pq]
Bring out the artist in him. Provide her with nontoxic crayons to plenty of scrap paper. Let him scribble and doodle, but teach him not to put paper and crayon in his mouth.
Talk to your baby while you do your daily activities. This will stimulate his learning for language. Sing a song while dressing him up or explain parts of the body while you are giving him know what are doing.
It is important to be attentive and encouraging. Be generous with you applause and praise with your baby. This will encourage him to explore his skills further.
Responds when he seems upset, happy, or confused. Encourage him to talk back.
For the toddler (one to three years old)
At this stage, it is through play that toddlers hone different aspects of development, such as language, socialization, and a sense of self. Games like peek-a-boo and patty-cake help them to learn to take turns, while hide-and-seek help them to learn how to observe and problem-solve. Playing dress-up and pretend, taking care of playmates or dolls give them a sense of independence which is a very important in their mental development.
For the preschoolers (three to five years old)
Children at this stage are excited about showing off new mental and physical skills to their family. Play revolves around social interaction with peers, helping children develop important social skills, cooperation, and taking turns. Expressing their creativity is also important at this age. With their keen imagination, they like make believe play, imitation, and artwork. They like to play with building rocks, which develop their fine motors skills. Through these activities and interaction, children also develop a healthy sense of self-esteem.
Reading stories to your children
Reading stories to your children has always been one of the most highly recommended activities for brain development.
Specifically, reading to children results in better language comprehension and cog native development. It also encourages children to build their vocabulary and instill in them a love of reading from an early age. It was also found that children who were read to at an early age have higher cognitive scores by the age of two.