Developing your child’s cognitive abilities
Cognitive abilities are the basic mental abilities that we use in order to think,
study and learn. These activities involve several mental processes used to analyze
sounds and images, recall information from memory, make associations between different
pieces of information and maintain concentration on particular tasks. Those with
higher cognitive abilities usually learn and perform with greater ease.
Cognitive abilities show the maximum potential for increase during childhood. Thus,
it is very important to introduce your child to cognitive development exercises
at a tender age.
Following are some games that you may engage your child with, that would also act
as cognitive development exercises to help sharpen her mind:
Noticing different colors
While shopping for fruits and vegetables, ask her to notice the colors of the various
fruits. Use carrots, oranges, lettuce, etc to teach her begin perceiving different
colors. You will find her perception of colors sharpen quicker because of this exercise.
Comparing sizes and shapes
Ask her to compare the difference in size and shape of various articles in her surroundings.
You may use her play toys for this - for example - take a small playing bock and
compare its size with that of a much larger one, etc.
Jog her memory with little tests like asking her about her day or about people she
met that day. Show her a tray with several little objects for a minute then hide
it and ask her to recollect the objects. Such little tests are usually loved by
kids, and their bonding with parents, besides sharpening their memory.
Reading to your child before they fall to sleep every night has tremendous benefits.
This would help build several cognitive skills such as language, visualization,
concepts like time, etc.
Encourage your child to sing along with you. Rhymes can help your child develop
her language skills. Additionally, it helps break inhibitions.
Regular drawing has a direct impact on children's motor skills while making them
think about colors, shapes, identifying words with objects and exercising their
memories. You could play little games with her such as making up a story and having
her draw the scenes.
During these exercise, pay special attention to keeping things fun. Small, regular
doses and a comfortable difficulty curve will ensure you child's continued interest