Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Outside Exploring / Seek and Ye Shall Find

These games will help to grow the brains of infants and toddlers. Whether it’s through singing, dancing, cuddling, rocking, talking, smelling, or tasting, you can encourage the brain pathways to make new connections.

Activities for Infants
Outside Exploring
Brain research says that early childhood experiences exert a dramatic and precise impact, physically determining how the intricate neural circuits of the brain are wired.
The brain takes in information through the senses (sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound) and translates that information into a response.
Playing outside on a lovely day is a wonderful way to experience all of the senses.
There are so many things to do.
Let your baby crawl in the grass while you crawl along with him.
Name each thing that your baby seems interested in.
Smell flowers, tickle with grass, look for bugs, etc.
Rolling over in the grass is fun to do and your baby will enjoy the light, prickly feel of it.
Ideas for taking this activity to the next level:
For building confidence
– Say to your baby, “We are having fun playing outside.”
For developing the idea – Do activities that use the senses. Look at flowers, smell the flowers, listen to the birds, touch the grass, and taste some herbs.
For moving forward – Repeat the same activities and use say the name of the body parts you are using. For example, “I see the flowers with my eyes.” or, “I smell the flowers with my nose.” Continue on with all of the senses.
Seek and Ye Shall Find
Brain research says that an infant’s brain can discern every possible sound in every language. By ten months, babies have learned to screen out foreign sounds and to focus on the sounds of their native language.
Listening for the source of a sound is a very good game for developing auditory awareness.
This kind of game needs to be played in the early years to strengthen brain connections for the future.
You will need a wind-up clock that makes a nice sound.
Hold the clock and sing a little tick, tock song with your baby.
Tick, tock, tick tock
Goes the clock,
Tick, tock
Now take the clock and put it under a pillow.
Ask your little one, “Where is the tick tock?”
Help guide him to the clock, using the sound to locate it. Once he understands how to play this game, he will want to do it again and again.
Ideas for taking this activity to the next level:
For building confidence – Hide the clock in the same place several times so that your baby will know exactly where it is.
For developing the idea –Begin hiding the clock in different places while your baby is watching you.
For moving forward – Ask your little one “where shall we hide the clock?”
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