Child's Brain Activities | 21 April 2022
Let’s understand that brain development starts from birth and is immensely active until age 6+ to 20. And most brain development happens during the early years.
A child’s brain is eager to form neural paths that can trigger communication between the axons (brain cells). At the edge of each axon, there are many tiny connectors called synapses. These tiny synapses are essential for communication within the central nervous system. And these synapses need to be stimulated so that the neural connections are constantly in use.
Researchers believe that by the age of 6+ to 20, pruning begins. This is a process where the brain removes new synaptic connections and retains only those used. As we grow older, it comes from the synaptic connections that are stimulated, and hence early childhood is the best time. Let’s understand why brain exercise is extremely important.
The development of the brain is more comprehensive after relating to focus and concentration, on the subject to which kids are exposed. Such an attitude is so natural for kids, despite distractions. This is because they are not otherwise stressed. When this happens, their ability to handle complex circumstances with creative thinking skills makes them great. The best thing you can do to “develop” your child's brain is to give your time unconditionally.
Ensuring your child has a ensuring environment to grow in is a must. This provides them with opportunities to learn new things through exploration. Family time is important as it helps develop emotional intelligence and makes them confident. Your child can enhance their activities in family time like cooking, walking, gardening, singing, etc.
Have a safe interaction with their friends or play with them each day to ensure gross and fine motor movement. This also ensures they become comfortable moving their body from a young age.
Take out time to play with paints, glue, paper, and other art requirements with love for your child to create their masterpieces. These activities trigger creativity and strengthen their fine motor muscles and cognitive and reasoning abilities.
Depending on your child’s age, you can come up with simple or complex puzzles that they need to solve. This helps enhance their reasoning and analytical part of the brain. Also, this builds the need to be patient.
This is essential as it can provide your child with great scenarios to understand the characters' emotions. It helps develop empathy and makes them more aware of emotions.Apart from this, narrating stories to your child helps improve their listening and reading skills. Also, these activities up skill their language and communication.
The time you spend with your child to bond is just priceless. It may not yield anything now, but later, your knowledge will come quite in handy when your child grows up. You don’t need exquisite toys or hanky-panky stuff or hi-fi toys. Just being with you, watching you, your child will learn and appreciate things in life. You get to be a child again and each day try something new that triggers your child’s brain development from a young age!