Find out the many ways in which you can bring out the Einstein in your baby even before he is born!
Older babies and toddlers
20: Read me a story: It's never to early to encourage the love of reading in your child and a good way to do this is to read to him. Reading to your baby encourages concentration, nurtures interaction and bonding between you and baby, and helps him develop those all important linguistic and reading skills.
21. Let's explore: Now that your little one is mobile, encourage his sense of discovery and independence by creating safe spaces in your house for him to explore. This will stimulate his memory as he navigates unfamiliar (and safe) territory and other cognitive functions.
22. Let's go shopping: Take your little one marketing with you. It's a great way to introduce new sounds and sights and teach him about colours and numbers ("Look at that red apple!"; "We need five big potatoes, let's count!").
23. Boo!: Surprise your little one by playing peek-a-boo with him. This not just teaches him anticipation, but also that you are always there for him -- very handy for when you need to deal with separation anxiety.
24: Nature lover: Take your toddler for nature walks. Stimulate his mind and senses with nature. Teach him the names of flowers and trees and watch your little one blossom!
25: Count: Give your little one's math skills a headstart by turning numbers into play. Count everything (e.g. how many peas on his plate, how many eyes does the dog have and so on) and soon, your little one will be able to count with ease (and no stress).
26: Chores: Simple chores that your toddler can handle, such as picking up his blocks or helping you sort the laundry into colours and whites, can teach math skills (counting while picking up blocks), logic (coloured clothes are washed separately because...) and of course, a sense of responsibility from a young age.
27. We love pets: If you own a family pet, it's a great way to teach your little one lessons of kindness and responsibility, qualities that will take him very far in life.
28. Talk about feelings: As soon as your little one can talk, ask him about his day when you tuck him in at night. What made him happy? What made him sad? And why? By learning to freely talk about his emotions to you now, he will grow up sensitive to others feelings, and comfortable to approach you with any problem he might have.
29: Play!: Skip, run, hop, jump... take your toddler to a playground often where he can work on fine tuning those motor skills, while having loads of fun doing it.
30. Build more memories: With your toddler, make a memory book. This could include leaves and flowers picked up from a nature walk, photographs of family and friends and other cherish-worthy bits and pieces. The activity of creating the book is a great sensory and learning activity for your child, and a beautiful bonding session for both of you. And of course... memories.
Inspiration for this article is from Parents.com.
Mums and dads, we hope you enjoyed reading this article. Do share with us your own ways of stimulating your child's 'cleverness' in a comment below.