Cognitive Development is a term that relates how children think when they explore and figure things out. In other words is the starting point for the development of knowledge, skills and dispositions for children. This will help children to start thinking about many things and understand the world around them.
Stimulate your child’s cognitive development as soon as he/she is born allows their foundation for success in school and later in life to deal with solving problems . The following ideas to motivate cognitive development through different activities.
Children from 0-6 months
- Start talking to your baby and make sure he/she can see your face and eyes.
- Read books to your baby using different voices and show him/her the pictures.
- Change activities when or before your baby becomes fussy (which is usually when he/she is bored).
- Set the toys near sight but just out of reach of your baby.
Children from 1 year old
- Start naming colors and shapes, and asking your child to point at certain objects.
- try to hide the toys, and motivate your child to find them.
- lay out simple directions, such as “pick up your ball and pass it .”
Children from 2 years old
- Play simple games of hide and seek within the same room.
- Teach your child to name colors, shapes or animals when you point to them in a book.
- provide your child simple two-step directions, such as “pick up your ball and put it in the basket.”
Children from 3 years old
- Teach your child to take part in pretend play.
- Play parade or follow the leader with your child.
- Teach your child simple songs or other rhymes.
Children from 4 years old
- Allow your child to help with simple chores around the house, such as wiping the table and general cleaning
- Begin counting together numbers and try teach simple math
- Try to teach your child to tell parts of a story or tell you about how their day was
- Provide your child to have choices to make thoughtful decisions.
Children from 5 years old
- At this age you will need to help your child develop better language skills by speaking to them in complete sentences. At this step you should need to help your child to use the correct words and phrases.
- Help them to draw people and animals based on real family members and pets, they should at least try to differentiate objects, persons and animals.