Once you become a parent, one of your top priorities is to give your child (or children) the best in life. This desire to ensure that kids have nothing but the best start in life can begin even before birth! Some areas are more distinct, such as the best schools, or the best car seats, and the best foods for growing kids. However, it is tougher to assess the best toys or activities to ensure that children are developing optimally or even the best ways to enhance a child's intelligence so that children can become their best selves. While many people would expect it to be pretty complex, enhancing a child's intelligence can be rather simple.
10 Make it age-appropriate
Children go through different stages of learning and development. This means that activities should be age-appropriate and developmentally supportive for the stage that they are in. Many books explain developmental milestones and what activities and skills children should be focusing on at each stage to enhance their brain growth the best.
Reading is a great activity to begin even before birth. Reading to an unborn child can help with fostering the development of synapses between neurons in the brain, and fosters early language development. This, in turn, helps make children stronger readers and increases vocabulary and comprehension. You can read anything to your unborn child, as well as to your newborn baby. Once kids begin to show more interest or can sit up and hold soft books, it is helpful to read short and kid-friendly books. This way they begin to recognize words and start to amass a larger vocabulary.
8 Physical Activity
Physical activity helps in child development as it fosters more creative children, increases the ability to learn through changing neural connections, increases blood flow, builds new brain cells, enhances brain cell pathways, helps with brain homeostasis, and helps with cognitive development. Physical activity could come from any type of structured sport or even just being outdoors and playing childhood games such as tag, riding a bike, or even something creative. As long as the child is active, that is the most important part of the development.
7 Being Outdoors
The outdoors is a wonderful place for discovery! Young minds are very inquisitive and can find delight in many different things. Being able to engage in the discovery of nature is a great mind opener and leads to learning about many natural processes. Additionally, being outside can help children with their Vitamin D exposure, which in turn feeds the brain and nurtures the body. Being outdoors also goes hand in hand with physical activity which offers its own set of benefits!
Listening to music has been known to stimulate the brain. People used to insist that classical music made their child smarter but that has been proven to be just a claim, at this present time. However, music has the tremendous ability to help with spatial reasoning as well as form other neural connections in the brain that help with learning. For this reason, it’s also advisable to play an instrument. This can help with retaining memory and forming more neural connections in the brain as well. Playing an instrument can help increase how well students do in testing later on in life, as well as with absorbing information in general. Therefore, essentially playing an instrument can make learning other subjects seem easier.
Much like music, singing songs can help with memory retention as well as neural connections. Singing with your child also helps children learn the language and comprehend different words, as well as recognize rhyme and rhythm. So if your child isn’t interested in playing an instrument but has an interest in music, this is a great hobby. Additionally, it can help with creativity as well.
Flashcards are a simple way to achieve learning because they are great for repetition and identification. They are an easy way to focus on learning or improvement in one area or skill. They are also easy for kids to practice with, without any adult help either! If you want to help your child gain mastery in an area, flashcards are a great way to do so. You can easily make your own or even buy them based on skill level!
3 Board Games
Board games, especially those with an educational nature have been found to help with brain development. These type of games can increase brain plasticity as well as cognitive function and even affect brain structure. Board games, in general, are great for learning, as they help kids learn to follow directions as well as apply thinking and reasoning skills. Some great board games for kids are Scrabble, Operation, Monopoly, and Battleship.
Meeting and interacting with others is a very great way to experience growth. While young toddlers may not play together, they will play parallel with each other and are still learning. As they continue to grow and they begin to interact directly, they also learn critical skills such as sharing, cause and effect, consequences, emotional regulation, as well how to deal with others who are different than themselves.
One of the best learning tools for children is you! As their parents, children identify and learn from you from the very beginning. Children learn facial cues, language, listen for vocal recognition, and learn through action as well. The more time that you spend teaching your child, the more that they learn. This is especially true because they are seeking your approval and you are the most familiar to them. Additionally, children benefit from personal attention and learn how to handle their strong emotions through modeling. This, in turn, helps kids when they experience frustration and other strong emotions in their everyday life.
There are many ways that you can help to enhance your child’s intelligence, and none of them have to be especially complex. All of the ideas listed here are simple enough to do one thing every day or to do consistently with your child. When these tips are implemented, look out to see how your child is developing and what they resonate with. While all children will benefit from physical activity some others will be more inclined to music while others to games, reading, or even socializing. Stay tuned into your child and you can help them grow!