Early Moments Matter parenting tips part 7: Learn new things
FACT: The brain of a young infant is wired to make infinite connections between brain cells and, by age three, has produced billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections. These connections are critical to positive growth and are made through daily, repeated positive experiences with parents and caregivers.
We all want what's best for our children, but being a parent isn't always easy. That’s why the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has partnered with Loop News to help you with tips, interesting insights and fun facts.
Here are a few simple suggestions to create positive experiences with your young child:
- Encourage your child to talk: “What is this?”, “Where is the window?”, “Which ball is bigger?”, “Would you like the red cup?”. You should see your child’s growing interest in interacting with you and responding to your questions.
- Read stories to your child and ask questions about what you see in the book. Your child will often memorise and try to repeat what you read. Encourage him or her each time.
- Help your child learn to count by asking “How many?” and counting things together. Your child will make mistakes at first but will learn from repeating things many times.
- Offer your child shapes cut from coloured paper to compare and sort. Give him or her blocks of different shapes and sizes. He or she should be happy to try sorting things and will learn how to match and make relationships between different objects, colours and shapes.
- Encourage your child to look for shapes in daily life. Math is everywhere – numbers, shapes, sizes – look for them and share with your child.
To learn more about how play can help give your baby the best start in life, watch this video: https://www.unicef.org/parenting/how-babies-learn-through-play