Brain Building in Everyday Moments
Did you Know? A child’s brain grows the fastest from birth through age five! In these first years, trillions of neural connections are made, forming the foundation for future learning. Helping kids learn now gets them ready for school, friends, and life.
Babies are born with tremendous potential. They are wired to learn from day one. In the moments when we connect with children, neural connections fire in the brain, taking in all the things we say and do. While genes make up the brain’s blueprint, positive and supportive experiences with adults help a child’s brain grow strong and flexible. That makes you a child’s No. 1 brain builder!
You have what it takes! The time you spend with a child can help their brain grow strong. Even a few minutes count! Children love to learn from you. Your time together gives them a strong start in life.
Brain Building Activity
See below for one example of an activity that supports brain building among young children. Be sure to read Brainy Background to learn how this activity supports brain development.
Still as a Statue
Ask children to pretend to be a statue and freeze in a pose, like standing on one foot. Try to have them hold this pose as long as possible while you do everything you can to make them laugh and move. Then YOU take a turn as the statue and see if they can make you laugh and move.
This game is ALL about focus and self-control. Children are concentrating to stay in the statue pose, and learning to tune out distractions so they can achieve a goal. This kind of playful learning helps them learn skills for life.
All children should have joyful, enriching early experiences that fuel their innate desire to learn, and foster the skills and mindsets for lifelong success.
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