A study on 64 participants for over 20 years showed the effects of cognitive stimulation to four-year-olds. Researchers considered several factors like the number of books that the children had and the type of toys surrounding them. As parents, our role is to aid our child’s development to prepare them as they grow and there’s no better time to start but today.
Here are some suggestions:
Jumpstart the day with a set of books
Make it a habit to browse and read books the moment your kid wakes up in the morning. It’s a time when the mind is fresh and ready to absorb new things and words. Try using picture books to introduce new words or read a story about their favourite animals.
Encourage free play
During free play, children can move and create at their own pace and socialize among their peers. They gravitate towards the activities that are more interesting to them. With that said, surrounding them with toys that will inspire them to create and build to help stimulate their creativity while they learn.
Get busy with a bunch of worksheets
Aid the development of your child’s concentration, fine motor skills and memory by introducing age-appropriate activities like art and crafts, pasting and writing activities.
Build their awareness of their surroundings and community
After an afternoon nap, you can take your child for an hour or two to explore the neighbourhood or the park. It’s an opportunity to teach her about the community and explore a bit of nature if you have a beautiful park nearby. You can also schedule mini field trips to fun and educational places.