Brain development in infants happens whenever the baby is awake. They’re constantly checking out the world around them, touching things to see what they feel like, and putting things in their mouth to get an idea of how things taste. As babies grow, there are tons of activities to do with them that will help them learn and support their brain development. If you’re looking for more ways to help your baby learn, try the following.
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Early learning Educational Activities for Babies
1. Giving Them a Book
Even little ones will enjoy playing with a book. They might not be able to read yet, but soft books or ones with different textures in them are perfect for looking and feeling. When it’s time for the parent or guardian to cook dinner or clean the house, placing babies in playards with books that are safe to enjoy can help keep the baby entertained and support their development.
2. Reading to Babies
Babies might not understand all of the words they hear yet, but reading to them is still an amazing way to connect and to encourage more language. Even infants will enjoy the soothing sounds of someone reading to them, and it doesn’t matter what is being read. As babies grow, they’ll get more interested in looking at the pictures and hearing different voices of different characters, but the main goal is just to read and inspire a love of reading.
3. Singing Songs
Babies love hearing voices, so start singing. It doesn’t matter if carrying a tune is not something that comes naturally. There are tons of songs to sing to babies, but almost anything is fine as long as they can hear the voice. It doesn’t even need to be a real song- singing a made-up song about cleaning the house while cleaning is silly but enjoyable for the babies. Singing helps entertain them, helps them learn a language, and helps their brain develop properly. Try out different songs to see which ones the baby prefers.
4. Building with Blocks
Building blocks are a great way to learn about stacking and balance. Babies can play with softer blocks that can be stacked on top of each other and then knocked down again. Don’t be surprised if they enjoy the knocking down part more than the stacking part. No matter which part they like best, this helps develop their brain in numerous ways, as well as helps with fine and gross motor skills they’ll need as they grow.
5. Safe Exploration
Safely being able to explore the world is the best way for babies to learn. There are soft climbing blocks that can be crawled over, textured mats that babies can crawl on to see how they feel, and a lot more. Try out a variety of toys to allow the baby to learn more about the world around them and help develop their brain.
When it comes to brain development, any interaction with babies will help. The more opportunities they have to experience language, feel textures, and use their senses, the faster they’ll learn and grow. Try out these ideas to help encourage brain development for your infant.
Alexis Barron is a Content Manager at Taktical Digital. Alexis has experience in Marketing and Community Management for brands in fashion, lifestyle, media, and sustainability. Passionate about storytelling, Alexis has worked with companies in the US, UK, Mexico, and other Spanish-speaking countries to help them reach their goals and connect with audiences through content strategies.