Research has shown that babies learn best when their expectations are challenged. This is why playing games and letting them be involved in activities that engage their senses are important for children IQ development. These simple games should teach them about the world they live in.
- “I Love You” Belly Stroke
Babies learn to communicate long before they can talk and therefore, you need to learn how to communicate with them since birth. Since your infant starts responding to touch, learn how to communicate with them through baby massages—the “I Love You” belly stroke developed by Dr Sears is a good place to start. Throughout the process, you will be able to learn more about your baby’s personality and temperament. It will also strengthen your bond with them.
- Tummy Time
Letting your infant lay on their back for a long period of time can cause upper body muscles to weaken and flat spots developed on their head. To avoid this, gently place your baby on their stomach a few times during the day. Set up a wall of books or toys for them to look at and as a motivation to start crawling.
- Stimulate The Senses
In autumn, gather leaves in different colours and sizes. Lay them down to where you baby is lazing. Let them pick the leaves and explore with their hands. Teach them to crinkle some of the leaves to introduce a new sound and texture that will initiate left-right-brain stimulation.
- The House Tour
At around three months (or maybe younger), babies are usually engrossed by what is going on around them. What seems normal and boring to us could be absolutely mesmerising to them and help with baby brain training. Carry your baby around the house and point out what is around you – especially if something particular caught their attention. If these objects are safe, allow your baby to touch them.
- Where’s The Ball?
Get your baby’s attention with a soft ball. Play with it together before stuffing the ball into a small container with a lid and closing it. Act surprised and ask, “Where’s the ball?” Give them the container and encourage them to open it. Do not be concerned that your baby will be surprised when the ball springs out because it will spark your baby’s innate curiosity.
- Bathtime Fun
Encourage your child to not be afraid of water and instead be curious by it. Put different containers and toys in the tub and let your baby play with them while you wash them up. If you are not keen on having containers, sponges work well. Show them that they can twist and squeeze the sponges to make water come out!
- Good Morning!
Depending on your baby’s progression, let them sit or lie on their belly before laying yourself near them. Say “I’m going to sleep now” and pretend to sleep. Wait for a few seconds before “waking up” enthusiastically saying “Hello!” or “Good Morning!”. Repeat this a few more times. After a few rounds, “sleep” longer. A six-month-old baby should be able to vocalise their concern that you are not waking up and pat on your face in an attempt to wake you up.
- Visit Farmers Markets
Take a cue from Jamie Oliver and teach your baby early on the wonders of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Let them touch and smell the fresh food to let them register these new senses. This right brain training will stimulate your baby’s creativity and imagination.
- Visit The Zoo
Your baby would probably be familiar with their animal toys at around six months. Introducing them to real animals would be a treat for them. It is also a great opportunity for your baby to socialise with other “exotic” people. Putting them in a completely different environment will engage them in a left right brain stimulation.
- Read books
It is never too early to start reading with your children. The earlier you read to them, the more vocabulary they have logged into their left brain. Start off with those books made of colourful fabric so that your infant can comfortably grab and play with them. Proceed with larger board books with lots of big, bright images once your baby has a more secure grip.
As outlined above, playtime with your babies is more than just silly simple games—they teach babies valuable lessons that help their brain and motor skills develop faster. Therefore, do not discount playtime from you baby early education plan.