Early childhood is the most formative development stage in life. It’s during this time that humans learn how to talk, walk, use limbs and, importantly, socialize. Missing out on learning these things during formative years means that a child never learns them as a grown up. During this important stage, you should enrich your toddler’s life with learning opportunities so he or she grows up to be a healthy adult. Here are some tips on how to do that:
1. Let Him or Her Play Outside
Nature is the best toy your baby can ever have. Humans are inherently wired to like and appreciate nature. Your toddler will as well. He or she will naturally learn and refine motor controls and learn to identify motions and objects better. Therefore, arrange outdoor playtime for your baby. Join outdoor sessions at toddler groups like Playgroup East as well. Going out is good for you as well as the baby.
2. Buy Educational Toys
Don’t allow your toddler’s playtime to be restricted to watching television, staring out the window or sleeping. Buy him or her educational toys specially designed to foster learning in children. Instead of regular playtime with cars or dolls, your toddler will have a fun time while learning complex tasks such as solving puzzles with educational toys.
3. Introduce Your Child to Others of the Same Age
Socialization is an important skill that will allow your child to get along with others as an adult and get ahead in life. As a grownup in the working world, your child will be expected to network and form connections. The basis of these skills are rooted in early childhood development. Therefore, don’t let your child play exclusively with adults. Take him or her to Playgroup in East Singapore to introduce to other toddlers, so they can together form bonds and learn the basics of socializing.
4. Replace Passive with Active
Aim to fill your toddler’s life with active learning. That means more playtime rather than TV time. Limit your baby’s sedentary activities such as watching TV, playing video games, using toddler apps on daddy’s iPad, and so on. Limit, but don’t entirely eliminate.
While you do the above mentioned activities to improve your toddler’s life, it’s equally important not to pressure your baby into doing too many things. He or she is not a college-age adult. Your toddler needs a lot of playtime, but also time to rest. Allow your baby to be themselves, and let them learn at their own pace. That’s the best enrichment you can give your child at this stage.
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