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10 Ways to Promote Your Child's Cognitive DevelopmentCognitive development is characterized by the way a child learns, acquires knowledge and interacts with his surrounding environment. Different cognitive skills are acquired as a child meets certain developmental milestones, but a child of any ability will benefit from activities that promote active learning. As a parent, you can encourage your child’s cognitive development in the areas of memory, concentration, attention and perception by incorporating simple activities into your everyday routine. Here are 10 easy ways you can help your child’s cognitive development:
1. Sing-a-longsSing songs with your child and encourage him to sing along with you. Play his favorite songs and music in the house and car regularly and he may eventually start singing along by himself. This activity helps promote memory and word identification.
2. Identify NoisesHave your child identify noises that he hears throughout the day (i.e. a bird singing, a car horn, running water or the dishwasher). He will begin to understand how sounds relate to objects in his everyday environment.
3. Practice the AlphabetHelp your child identify letters by singing along to the “Alphabet Song,” reading books about the alphabet and playing with alphabet puzzles. Here is an example of an easy game to help your child learn his letters:
- Cut out individual squares that feature each letter of the alphabet written in bright colors.
- Mix them up and tape them on various surfaces in the house.
- Go through the alphabet with your child and encourage him to search around the house to find the next letter and tape it to the wall in order.
- When finished, leave the alphabet letters in order up on the wall until you’re ready to play the game again.