What a transformation in your baby brain development and child's understanding of the world around him! As well as spending time with you, he loves the company of others his own age.
Through playing together and talking with his peers, your child learns a whole range of skills more rapidly than he could do on his own.
You may be surprised at the new ideas he acquires from other children.
Your child is interested in the details as he is in the broad picture, which is why he seems so curious about every little thing.
Foster this inquisitiveness by providing new sources of stimulation, such as visits to the zoo - or even just a pet shop.
Be ready to answer all his questions about why birds have feathers and he doesn't have any, why a tiger has stripes, and so on.
And be ready to break the news to him that he can't have a giraffe at home!
If you do buy him a small domestic pet such as a goldfish, he will sit quietly watching it swim round and round the bowl.
The actions of the fish totally mesmerize him. This is a sign of his desire to learn.
Suggest to him that he draws a picture of the fish. Explain why the fish needs to be fed regularly and to have the water changed each week. Every detail matters to him.
You'll find his fascination with detail given full expression when he looks at picture books. He spots aspects of the picture that would previously have gone unnoticed simply because he wasn't mature enough to appreciate these elements. Now he misses nothing.
Spend more time on each page, allowing him the opportunity to study each page in detail. Only go on to the next page when you feel he has extracted all the information he wants.
He loves pretend play toys and situations that mimic real life, such as being in the kitchen or in a shop, and this boosts his learning development. If possible, set up a play kitchen with as many toy implements as possible.
Ask him to make a cake - he'll be only too pleased to mix up flour and water, to play with the mixture in his hands, and to pour it on to a plate for you to eat.
Similarly, he will enjoy playing in his own shop. He will play with his friend, and act out buying things and getting change with toy coins and paper money.
Be sure to visit all the brain gym exercises pages for different ages.
Read more about the different stages of brain development.
Allow your child to explore freely while under your supervision. However, safety must always remain your first priority.
If he does aim for potentially dangerous territory, gently redirect him onto safer grounds.
When he is settled at an activity, tell him something to remember, perhaps a type of food or a piece of clothing.
After several minutes, ask him to recall the item you mentioned.
You'll find that he not only listens attentively but he now asks you a lot more questions about the events in the story as you read to him.
Every so often, ask him what he thinks will happen next.
Ask him to identify the people in the snapshots, and then ask if he knows where the picture was taken. If necessary, give him prompts to jog his memory.
My child thoroughly enjoys this activity.
When you dress your child in the morning, set out three garments of different colors.
Hold up a red item and say to your child "Bring a pullover the same color as this."
He may get it right!
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