Encouraging thinking, problem-solving and other skills

02 Sep 2016


Using play to learn

        •  Play with your child, and follow your child’s lead by letting her decide what games to play. If your child wants you to choose, encourage games that involve turn-taking and sharing.

        •  Encourage make-believe play, which stimulates the imagination and lets children work through ideas.

        •  Incorporate play into everyday routines – for example, playing in the bath, or singing a song while packing away toys.

Building brain pathways

        •  Give your child the chance to repeat favourite activities. This helps your child’s brain build pathways that strengthen skills. For example, taking the cutlery out of the drawer and putting it back, again and again, helps your child develop motor and problem-solving skills.

        •  Reading the same books over and over might get a bit boring for you, but kids love the familiarity. You can build your child’s thinking skills by asking, ‘What happens next?’

        •  Aim for no screen time for children under two years, and no more than one hour a day for children over two years. Toddlers develop best through physical play with hands-on experiences.

Raising Children Network. Connecting with your toddler. 2015; [cited: 2015 Sep 21] 1 screen

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