Math and Logic: Ages 1 to 5
Problem-solving skills are directly related to sight, hearing, and touch. Interestingly, a baby's math skills are often developed in conjunction with his musical skills, reports the University of Georgia's CFD. By stimulating these senses, your baby can develop strong skills in spatial relations and problem solving. Here are some ways to do that:
- Give your baby different shapes, objects, and colors to touch and see.
- Expose your child to classical music.
- Give your baby toy musical instruments to play with.
- Attach a mirror in your baby's crib.
- Carry your baby facing outwards so she'll have lots to look at.
- Provide an assortment of toys that can be taken apart or put together.
- Give your baby toys that make noise when she squeezes or pulls a string; they can teach cause and effect.
- Teach your baby to put things in categories.
- Play counting games.
Additional Sources: Jenny Friedman, PhD; Child Development Specialist Karen DeBord, PhD; Building Baby's Brain: The Basics by Diane Bales, PhD
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