Top Tip Tuesday
Did you know?
Inadequate nutrition is the leading cause of death in young children throughout the world? In the first 1000 days (conception to 2 years of age) proper nutrition, health care and early stimulation has a profound impact on the child’s ability to grow, learn and develop. Children who are malnourished during this period do not optimally grow and develop, either physically or mentally. Their brains are smaller than normal and this results in long lasting behavioural and cognitive challenges.
First 1000 days
The “first 1000 days” is the period from conception to a child’s second birthday. It is the most important time in our children’s lives; good nutrition, proper health care and early learning are three vital factors that are essential for a baby’s holistic development. If a country invests in the #first1000days it has long-term health, stability and prosperity outcomes for their society.
Cooking with your children
Cooking with your children helps them develop in many ways. When children cook they learn to follow directions and they stimulate and use all five senses. They learn to recognise colours and shapes from the different kinds of foods and kitchen utensils. They have an opportunity to use different tools and equipment to improve small muscle co-ordination; developing their fine motor skills.
Did you know?
A child’s brain development is “activity dependant”? This means that the child’s brain development is heavily dependent on early sensory experiences. Parents should respond to their baby’s cues by touching, holding, comforting, rocking, singing and talking to their little ones. This is the best kind of stimulation for their growing brains.
Playing with sand
When children play in the sand they find it soothing to bury their hands in the sand and to pour sand in and out of cups, buckets and other containers. They have an opportunity to play alone and not have to compete with other children as with some activities. They have a great opportunity to learn about size and measurement, experimenting with measuring spoons, cups and different sized containers
Sensory development activities
Did you know?
There are a variety of skill areas that need to be developed in children, hence the term “holisitic development”. Click on the link to learn more about different skill areas that parents should focus on to encourage holistic development.
When children play in the fantasy area they understand what it feels like to play by being somebody other than themselves. They learn about occupations. They role-play what they have seen or experienced. They work through emotions. By interacting with dolls and toys they strengthen their verbal and social skills too. They work through emotions. They learn how to use their imagination. They learn how to co-operate with other children which develops their social skills.
Role of parents
Parents have a major influence on a child’s development. It is a parent’s responsibility to encourage, support and provide access to play-based activities that help children develop different skills. We’d like to share some useful tips on the role of an adult in encouraging children to learn through play.