This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Learning Care Group. The opinions and text are all mine.
Cognitive skills are one of the most important things to teach our young children. This is the basis of all learning, analyzing and critical thinking. Although you are born with these abilities, like all skills, you can expand and get better with practice.
These important cognitive skills are what will help kids to later understand cause and effect, make comparisons, concentrate and analyze. With the help of our sponsor, Childtime Learning Centers, here are ten fun ways to work with your kids this year on their cognitive development.
1. Craft. Pick a craft, any craft. Show them how to create the product, offer them to tools and watch them go.
2. Exercise. There have been plenty of research showing that exercise boosts cognitive performance. It can also help them to focus better.
3. Puzzles. Fill your play room with puzzles and let them play often. Have some simple ones they can do on their own and work on harder, larger puzzles together!
4. Board Games. Even the simplest board games like Candy Land or Paw Patrol gets your children thinking, focusing and analyzing.
5. Cook. Let them help you in the kitchen and assist them in making something small and simple, like muffins or cookies.
6. Concentration Game – The “Who’s Missing?” game is one of our most favorites. It gets your kids focusing in on the details and lets you expand and grow their concentration as they go.
7. Tell a story. We love creating stories together! Just start out with a few words of the beginning, and ask your child to help you fill in the rest. I usually pause and let them come up with the next word in the story. For instance, “Once upon a time there was an enormous ____.”
8. Memory. This classic works your kids memory in a really fun game. You can start with the younger kids with a small game of 4-6 cards and then add more and more, making it more challenging.
9. Apps. There are lots of really great learning apps that help you teach your kids while having a lot of fun.
10. Go Fish. This is one of the most simple card games but really exercises their growing brains.
If you’re looking for a learning center in your area that focuses on these same goals, Childtime Learning Centers has an incredible before and after school clubhouse. There are five fun and exciting clubs to choose from that feature a mix of independent and organized activities.
With over 900 school around the world, they have the capacity to serve over 100,000 children. Childtime is a warm and inviting place that feels like home and is nurturing in every way.
Childtime. Opening Minds. Unleashing imaginations.
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