Ideas to Support Cognitive DevelopmentParenting
Here are some great ideas you can use to support cognitive development of your child:
- Point out colours while shopping for fruits and vegetables. Apples, bananas, grapes, squash, carrots and lettuce are just a few excellent items to promote your child’s cognitive development.
- Compare objects whenever you get the chance. Show your child a large jar of mayonnaise versus a small one at the supermarket and ask which one is bigger. Notice how his sensitivity to size differences improves as you work on this skill.
- Test her memory by going over the day’s activities at bedtime. Ask her who she saw today. Talk about a weekend trip or activity days beforehand, and on the day before you go, ask her where you’ve been promising to take her all week.
- Have him find an object for you. Describe it by colour and shape. Limit the search to a familiar item like a book or ball and a single room so he doesn’t get too easily frustrated.
- Sing songs with her. Rhymes are a great way to develop her language skills. You can also introduce concepts through songs and they’ll be easier for her to grasp because of the tunes.
- Make time for drawing every day. Besides developing a child’s motor skills, drawing makes him think about colours, shapes and identifying words with objects. Make up a story and have your child draw the scenes, which you can then staple together into a book.
- Read to your child every night before bed. This activity works on several cognitive development skills like language and visualization, concepts like time, and relationships between objects and memory.