4 brain activities for a smart toddler

Want you child to be smarter and sharper? Here are a few activities you can do with your toddler.

In a world where toddlers are parroting the periodic table and can match national flags of every country in the world, you do not want your child to be left behind. While most parents are against rote learning till the child is about 3 or 4 years old, there's no harm in engaging in activities that enhance problem-solving, concentration and promote analytical thinking. I am not suggesting that you start playing sudoku with your 2-year-old, but you can definitely use a few activities to exercise her grey cells. Here are a few brain activities that my toddler loves to play. You can try these wth your kid too.

  • Tamgrams: This age-old game is a winner! It is addictive, fun and is an amazing tool to teach patience and problem solving. Tamgram is a box, usually square or rectangle, with pieces in different shapes. The pieces have to be placed inside the box in a specific manner for all the pieces to fill up the box. I enjoy this activity as much as my daughter does. We discuss shapes, colours and try different patterns while trying to fit in the pieces in the box.
  • Puzzles: You can make your own puzzles or buy one for a little price. Trying to fit in the pieces to complete a picture is a good way to keep the little brain occupied. Start with small puzzles, that are only 3-4 pieces. The wooden ones with knobs is a good idea. Gradually you can progress to more elaborate ones.
  • Blocks: It takes skills and thought to fix one block over the other and build different shapes. You can ask your tot to assemble similar colour, similar shapes or similar length blocks together, or go in an ascending/ descending order. I know blocks are a pain to clean up after they are scattered all over the house, but it is one thing that every child loves to play with.
  • Matching: You can place random pictures, or stuff from around the house and play the matching game. It works on memory development and sharpens their recall reflex. You can also play by matching colours, shapes, size, so on and so forth.

The key is to not treat it as an exercise and make it a fun, playtime with your child. Your child will learn a lot more if you take it lightly than you sitting down and forcing her to learn.

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