5 ways to boost your child’s creativity!

We commonly think about creativity as the colors someone chooses for a painting or a drawing. But having creativity goes beyond just choosing colors, it’s also a way of thinking, solving problems, and applying knowledge.

Experts say creativity is ageless and timeless, but more importantly, creativity can be acquired and fostered! From their earliest days, babies respond to contrasts, colors, sounds, and movements. How they integrate these various experiences will influence their development, especially in how they acquire their creativity. When creativity is fostered in the early years it can bring tons of benefits. A study made at UNC-Chapel Hill found that kids’ imagination and creativity specifically helped them to cope with pain. Creativity also helps kids be more confident, develop social skills, and learn more.

You can foster creativity at home in different ways. Here are a few things you should try with your little one:

1. Practice physical skills. By learning to move, grasp objects, and other physical skills your baby will learn about his world, thereby promoting his cognitive development. This is one of the primary ways your baby will develop new ways of thinking, engaging, discovering, and problem-solving. What to do? Playing with toys such as blocks, rings, cups, or even objects that make interesting sounds will ignite your child’s curiosity, and help with his motor skills.

2. Enhance your baby’s senses. When babies have diverse opportunities to explore through their senses, they view exploration as fun and that helps them become even more creative later on. What to do? You can try different things like playing with textures, music, and even food! Going outside the box will be fun!

3. Pretend play. Allow your child an expressive outlet for his thoughts, feelings, wishes, and creativity with pretend playWhat to do? Challenge his new representational abilities: have him hop like a bunny, roar like a lion, or get more abstract and see if he can become a kite or a balloon that’s too full and slowly lets all the air out!

4. Read books. Books will not only enhance your baby’s language skills, they will also help him discover new worlds and boost his creativity! What to do? Try to make a habit out of reading by including it in your daily routine. A great thing to do is to get used to reading a bedtime story. Choose books with creative plot lines so that your child’s imagination flourishes.

5. Get artsy. Art is one the simplest (and fun) ways to let imagination and creativity flow. It is important to give your little one free rein over his work. That way, he can be more creative! What to do? Let your little one’s imagination go wild, try painting, drawing, building, and even sculpting with play-doh!


Want to know more about creativity and how to enhance it? Check out these links:

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/stages-milestones/creative-development-0-2-year-olds

http://newparent.com/mom/boost-your-babys-creativity

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/beautiful-minds/201108/how-our-senses-influence-creativity

http://www.parenting.com/article/10-easy-ways-to-fire-your-childs-imagination-21354373

Why being a dad is completely awesome!

Being a dad is awesome! And although those first few days (or months) were a bit hard, you always knew that everything was worth it. Being a dad is the best thing that has happened to you!

In celebration of Father’s Day we have come up with five reasons why being a dad is pretty amazing:

1. You become a kid again! Once you become an adult you know that playing like a kid can look a bit foolish – and we know that you secretly miss it! But with your kid at your side you can let your imagination run wild and become a kid again!

2. You become a professional photographer! As you see your little one grow up so fast you will want to capture every special moment. So your phone is probably full of baby pictures and videos! We even bet that you are thinking of getting a particular camera for all those awesome vacations you will take one day. So go ahead, capture every moment of your little one’s childhood, because they grow up so fast!

3. You never thought you could love someone that much! From the moment you held that little baby, you knew that your heart was taken. Now every time you see your little one sleeping, eating, laughing, or just looking at you your heart completely melts for him or her. Just wait when he or she grows up and asks for the car! Continue reading

5 Things you didn’t know about your baby!

You surely have noticed that your baby can do many amazing things at such a young age. Babies are full of surprises! Read these interesting facts and solve some of the mysteries that surround your little one!

  1. If your baby is having trouble sleeping and you take him for a car ride, do you notice that almost magically your little one sleeps? The reason for this is that the vestibular system (in charge of balance and spatial control) tells your baby’s brain that he’s moving. Since your baby can only see the inside of the car, the visual system is sending signals to the brain that he’s standing still. This confusion causes your baby to go to sleep. Even though this method is effective, it is not recommended because your baby probably won’t get deep, restorative sleep.
  1. Have you asked yourself why your baby creates a scene every time you leave the room even if it’s just for a little while? Or why does peek-a-boo amuse your baby so much? This happens because your baby doesn’t understand object permanence yet. This means that if something is out of your baby’s sight, he will assume it doesn’t exist. Babies gain the ability to know that something exists whether it is in their field of vision or not, before they turn one.
  1. Have you ever wondered how your baby managed to live 9 months underwater? During pregnancy and the first 6 months, humans have the diving reflex, allowing babies to remain underwater longer than an average adult can. When a baby is underwater, they immediately stop breathing while their heart rate decreases by 20%. Also, their glottis (opening that allows air to pass to the lungs) closes, causing water to go to their stomach instead of damaging their lungs.
  1. Have you asked yourself how many neural synapses your baby has compared to you? On average, newborns have 100 billion neurons, that’s approximately the same number of stars in the Milky Way! The number of neurons remains the same in adults. However, the number of neural connections or synapses is higher when your child is 2-4 years old. The neural network is prepared to learn anything, like languages, playing instruments, and sports. When your kid becomes an adult, the number of synapses reduces to one third of what they were because only the remaining ones were reinforced.
  1. Have you wondered how your baby recognizes you if his vision hasn’t developed yet? Before your baby is born (at around 7 months of pregnancy), your baby starts hearing your voice, and that’s why they’re able to recognize you since day one! Also, your baby starts recognizing your scent after only 3 days of being born. Not only can your baby recognize your smell, it’s his favorite one!

 


Want to learn more about your baby? Check out these links:

http://www.parenting.com/article/what-your-baby-knows-about-you

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/x1048249/is-it-true-that-babies-are-born-with-the-ability-to-swim

http://psychology.about.com/od/oindex/g/object-permanence.htm

http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/brain-development/faqs-on-the-brain.html#experience

Why Love Matters

Every parent has heard how early experiences define a child’s future, but most people underestimate the importance of love and stability during infancy. A great deal of the brain’s biochemistry and structure is determined during a baby’s first months. Also, most problems found in childhood and adolescence like aggression, hyperactivity, depression, and poor school performance are subsequent to early experiences; current research has proven this to be the case.

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The logical minds of babies: Considering sample and sampling process

MIT Early Childhood Cognition Lab lead investigator Laura Schulz studies early childhood learning and how it fundamentally relates to human cognition.Schulz has been trying to understand how children learn and absorb so much in a short period of time and how they reach logical conclusions from the data that surrounds them.

In a study she conducted, Schulz intended to prove that babies make inferences from their surroundings and learn by using logic. In the experiment, a fifteen month-old baby is shown a box full of balls in two colors, blue and yellow. The balls either squeak or don’t squeak. For the first part of the experiment, the majority of the balls in the box are blue, and a researcher takes out three blue balls in a row and squeezes them so that they squeak. The baby then infers that the balls squeak.

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One major factor that can impact your child’s academic & social success

The first 3 years of life are a period of remarkable transformation in a child’s development. During this time, babies change from being dependent newborns to toddlers capable of exploring their surroundings on their own, and expressing with words their wants and needs.

 

It is during these early years that the foundation of a child’s brain architecture is established. Early experiences, especially the relationship between a child and a parent, impact the development of the brain architecture, providing the basis for all future learning, behavior, and health. As explained by Harvard University’s Center of the Developing Child, “Babies naturally reach out for interaction through babbling, facial expressions, and gestures; and adults respond with the same kind of vocalizing and gesturing back at them. This back-and-forth process is fundamental to the wiring of the brain, especially in the earliest years”.

 

But to what extent could your interactions affect your baby’s development?

Researchers from the University of Minnesota, University of Delaware, and the University of Illinois had that same question and decided to collaborate in a study to see if caregiving (more specifically, maternal sensitivity) during the first three years of life could affect people as adults.

Presenting the Activity Catalogue!

We are very excited to announce that we have launched our Activity catalogue! With this awesome new feature you will now be able to explore more than 700 brain-building activities for your little one!

 

Finding the perfect activity for afternoon playtime is easy with the Activity Catalogue. We have divided the activities into three categories, and you’ll be able to filter them by age groups to make sure you find the fun and learning you are looking for!

 

skills

sensory

 

 

Skills

In the Skills category you will be able to choose from twelve different abilities to practice with your baby. Enhance everything from motor skills to artistic skills! You can focus on what your baby needs to work on or simply what he or she enjoys the most!

 

 

 

 

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