Your baby starts life with an innate curiosity that serves as a primary force for her to explore the world, to seek new experiences, and to learn.
Play is an essential part of your child’s learning, brain development, and overall health. This section discusses the importance of play in helping your child learn to navigate the world around her, and suggests appropriate toys and activities for various ages and stages.
Your child has a natural curiosity and sensitivity to nature that motivates her to connect with the natural world.
Open exploration and play are the basis for creative problem solving and lifelong learning. The flow of creativity fosters flexibility, calmness, and confidence in learning and accomplishing goals.
You can help your child develop use of her cognitive pathway by creating an environment that stimulates her curiosity, memory, and problem solving.
You can help your baby build her gross-motor skills, fine-motor skills, and spatial awareness in her body by encouraging her to engage in fun physical activities.
You can help your baby develop her interactive pathway of learning by exposing her to experiences that stimulate her awareness of herself and others.
You can help your baby develop her sensory pathways of learning by exposing her to a variety of experiences that use all her senses.
You can help your child develop her communication skills by being present, listening, reading, and responding to her cries and other cues.
How cognitive growth happens in your baby’s brain, and general developmental stages from birth through 36 months.