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Brain Building - Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I posted Brain Building part 1, content courtesy of the NSPCC.  Given that developing babies brains is such an integral part of all mini me time classes - from cross lateral strokes in baby massage, diagonal poses and movements in baby yoga and the rhythm and music in our baby movement classes - all of which have evidence based research showing how these type of activities are linked to babies brain development.

The 'cross your heart' stroke in baby massage
stimulates creation of neural pathways

 

Here's a follow up with a little more detail and information.

During your child's earliest years, their brain makes 1 million neural connections ever single second.  Positive, supportive experiences with parents and other adults are important to their brain development

But it's not about just singing or talking at your baby.  Brain-building happens when you and your little one are interacting with each other.  Its about taking a cue from them, and reacting to what they're doing.  You could think of it like a game of tennis - going back and forth between the two of you.

 

Look - Brain-buidling all starts with taking a cue from your little one.  Look to see what they find interseting or funny, copy and react to what they do. 

Play - You don't even need toys for this brain-building skill.  Try playing peekaboo, mess around with bubble bath, or even turn sorting laundry in to a game.  Over time, you can add playful moments throughout the day

Sing - You don't need to be a karaoke champion to pull this one off.  Try using familiar tunes and changing the words to describe things you're doing.  It might take some getting used to, but give it a go and find your groove

Say - Talking to your baby or copying when they babble, is an easy way to build their brain throughout the day.  Even talking about simple actions as you do them is a great place o start.  Try adding silly voices and use expressions to bring your words to life

 

Simple Ideas

Colours We Like - tell your child about the colour you like and why: "Yellow emind me of a sunny day".  "red makes me think of my favourite flowers"  What were they looking at?  Tell them about some of the colours they are looking at and whe they make you think about.

Mealtime Copycat - Be playful with your expressions, andinvite your baby to look closely at what you do.  Pick up your spoon, take some food and say, "Mmm delicious" and put the spoon down.  Take tiny bites and have them do the same.  Then invite them to do something and you copy them.  Really look at how your baby reacts and respond to them.