7 Things That Help Boost Your Toddler’s Intelligence

The first 3 years of your little one’s life is a critical phase for its brain development. A baby is born with abundant nerve cells which are not connected in networks. From birth till 18 months of age, the nerve cells get connected to each other through synapse formation, which takes place at an alarming rate to form a neurological pathway. This is when your baby learns about the world through its five senses – smell, sight, taste, touch, and sound.

From 18 months to 3 years of age, the process of synapse formation or neural expansion continues. At this stage, a toddler’s brain is twice as active as an adult’s. The neural expansion usually stops at age 3 and the extra synapses slowly regress. In some cases, neural expansion has been document in children till age 5. These children are very intelligent and are exceptions. It has been estimated that the period of neural expansion is actually 7 years, but it stops at age 3 due to the failure of parents to provide optimum nutrition and developmental activities for their

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children’s mental development. Popular to contrary belief, intelligence is not inherited; it can be increased by engaging in mentally stimulating and fun activities during the growth period of the brain. Here are some things that can aid your toddler’s cognitive development.

1. Building Blocks

7 Things That Help Boost Your Toddler's Intelligence

Building blocks allow your child to create without boundaries. Allowing your little one’s imagination to run wild stimulates creativity and improves motor skills and spatial skills. Playing with building blocks along with other toddlers develops its social skills and language skills. Make sure the blocks are not too small as they can end up as choking hazards.

2. Art Supplies

7 Things That Help Boost Your Toddler's Intelligence

Get some crayons, drawing books, coloring books, and play dough and let your young one’s imagination flow. Art

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supplies develop its creative skills and improve its perception of colors, shapes, and the world. Being able to express itself will help it cope with the world better.

3. Puzzles

7 Things That Help Boost Your Toddler's Intelligence

Your child should engage in activities that not only allow it to imagine but require it to figure things out on its own. Let your toddler to play with simple puzzles, such as shape-matching games, color-matching games, or simple jigsaw puzzles. If your little one starts solving existing puzzles with ease, replace them with more challenging ones. Puzzles will help develop fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, shape recognition, memory, and problem-solving skills.

4. Books

7 Things That Help Boost Your Toddler's Intelligence

Reading books to your little one can expand its imagination and its understanding of

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the outside world. It will also develop its listening skills and language skills. Choose a simple children’s story book and read the story out loud with lots of expression and hand gestures. To improve its memory, ask questions about the story and the characters in it.

5. Music

7 Things That Help Boost Your Toddler's Intelligence

Being able to create music develops your young one’s social, language, emotional, and motor skills. It gives it an outlet to express itself. You can even play happy songs and let your little one dance; it will improve its motor skills. The key to playing songs for toddlers is repetition, which improves their memory and encourages them to understand and use words.

6. Board Games

7 Things That Help Boost Your Toddler's Intelligence

Board games develop your young one’s preschool math skills and

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social skills. They increase its visual perception and color recognition. Choose a board game that involves grouping, counting, and shape recognition. If dice are used, make sure they are large and do not have sharp edges.

7. Toy Dolls Or Pets

7 Things That Help Boost Your Toddler's Intelligence

Toy dolls and pets greatly influence your toddler’s emotional development. Playing with dolls is not only fun, but also expands your little one’s nurturing skills and language skills. It allows it to express its emotions, develop its personality, and become more confident in interacting with its environment.

Always pay attention to your baby’s needs and be very expressive when you interact with it. Since toddlers learn a lot by mirroring its caregiver, demonstrate compassion and kindness to those around you. Provide it with nutritious food to aid its cognitive development. Every child’s developmental journey is different; do not compare your little one to others. It will develop at its own time and according to

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its own ability.