We know that when kids make art, it promotes creativity and creativity is critical to a child’s development. However, art has many other benefits for children as well including giving toddlers opportunities to practice fine motor skills and improving patience & attention span. It’s also a healthy hobby to cultivate & inspires continued interest in the arts when they are older. Sustained engagement in the creative arts (music, drama, art included) has been proven by science to help in development of the brain’s attention system which does contribute to overall cognitive development (smarter kids)!
90% of a child’s brain development happens before age 5! A robust body of research has confirmed that magic in everyday moments: showing affection, comforting, and playing with children help build healthy brains. The experiences that a child has during the early years will shape the architecture of her brain and build the connections that allow her to develop lifelong skills like problem-solving, communication, self-control, and relationship building.
Here are just some quick tips to promote healthy brain development:
1. Reduce Screen Time
Let your child interact with you, not the screens!
2. Read Daily
Your infant child may not understand the words yet, but the simple act of reading is so critical to language development. Develop a love for books from an early age.
3. Make Time to Play
Physical play is a building block to child’s brain development. Allow lots of time for active play, both indoors and outdoors. Playing simple games like peek-a-boo with an infant, and toddler games to promote creativity, early numeracy, language & science helps promote intellectual curiosity and cognitive growth.
4. Connect to your Child
Acknowledge and validate her feelings.
5. Use Positive Language
Discuss and talk about feelings. Help your child’s emotional and social development by acknowledging his/her feelings often and discuss ways to cope with them.