Research backed brain building activities!
Did you know that by the age of three, a child's brain is already 80% of its adult size?
During the first few years of life, a child's brain undergoes rapid development and growth, forming new neural connections at an incredible rate. This period of rapid brain development is critical for shaping a child's future cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.
There are several ways to enhance neural connections in young children, supporting their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Here are a few strategies:
- Provide stimulating experiences: Young children learn through exploration and discovery. Providing them with various stimulating experiences, such as toys that encourage problem-solving, interactive games, and books with colorful illustrations, can help enhance neural connections in their brains. (Check out our activity books which cover all of the above!)
- Encourage physical activity: Physical activity is crucial for promoting healthy brain development in young children. Encouraging them to engage in activities that require coordination, balance, and movement, such as dancing or playing catch, can help build neural connections in the brain that support motor skills and overall physical well-being.
- Promote positive social interactions: Social interactions are essential for young children's social and emotional development. Encouraging positive social interactions, such as playing with other children, can help build neural connections in the brain that support social skills, empathy, and communication.
- Provide nurturing and responsive caregiving: Nurturing and responsive caregiving can help build strong neural connections in young children's brains, which support their emotional and cognitive development. Responding promptly and appropriately to a child's needs, providing comfort and support when they're upset, and showing affection and positive attention can help build these connections.
- Limit screen time: The WHO recommend no screen time for two and under and limited screen time for over 2. Limiting screen time and ensuring that the content is age-appropriate and educational is essential.
By providing young children with stimulating experiences, encouraging physical activity, promoting positive social interactions, providing nurturing and responsive caregiving, and limiting screen time, we can help enhance neural connections in their brains and support their overall development.