Encouraging Your Child’s Early Brain Development
Do early childhood experiences change the actual structure of the brain? Yes, they do! Brain development is “activity-dependent,” which means early experiences shape young brains. While brain development is a lifelong process, the first three years are a period of rapid growth, laying the foundation for all future learning, behavior and health. By age three, your child’s brain has built about 1,000 trillion connections!
There is a lot parents and caregivers can do in the early years to support their little ones’ healthy development. Providing loving interactions and promoting a secure environment are the first steps in nurturing brain development. Talking, reading and singing with your child from birth strengthens his/her growing brain!
In Case You Missed It
Talking, reading and singing with your baby from birth in every day moments and routines can have a big impact! We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with BabyList to make our Talking Is Teaching onesies available online. Our onesies provide fun prompts for talking, reading, and singing, and are a great reminder of the powerful impact parents can have in building their children’s brains through everyday interactions.
Tip of the Week
Take advantage of the long summer days to take a walk with your child to a local park and go on a shape hunt! Ask your child to find round pebbles and sort them based upon their size. Using vocabulary about sizes and shapes helps your child develop early math skills. Find more early math activities on our website here.