Age-appropriate, Learning-based Kids’ Play Materials – for early brain development
If you’re a parent with a kid aged between 0-3 years and especially a kid in his infancy period then all you might be doing is always looking after your little chipmunk all the time.
And if you’re a parent who takes out time for play then kudos to your supermom! You have taken the first step in the early brain development of your kid.
Then don’t worry. Prodigy Super Kids’ is here to guide you through the medium of “Here with you” – an informative platform specially designed for New Parents and Guardians, that they should definitely make “their thing”.
As we have mentioned time and again in our previous posts. The first three years of age are the prime years in which your kid’s body grows rapidly.
This rampant growth period is an opportunity that should be made the most out of to support sensory stimulation, cognitive development, fine motor skill development, and most importantly gross motor skill development. And all this can be done through play!
In simple words, their proactive mind is hungry and eager to learn & explore and we should basically let them through multiple activities of “play” aided with the help of newborn brain development toys.
But Isn’t it a bit early for “Early Brain Development” in a newborn?
First of all, it is a myth that kids in their years of infancy or toddlerhood “can’t play, even if they don’t seem to be doing much yet”.
Obviously, we are also not saying that your little one should be learning to play as a striker, piece together a puzzle, or to tell all the capitals.
There are plenty of other activities to engage your kid in fun and play activities that would develop them physically, mentally, and emotionally. (more on this further down the article)
In fact, in recent studies, it has been proved that ‘playing is a great way for parents and caregivers to cultivate the vital bond with their kid while simultaneously promoting their brain development.’
So you can be assured that play can be used to promote Early brain development regardless of whether your kid is in her infancy period or in her toddlerhood period.
There are even specific newborn development toys that are also called brain development toys for infants, made for kids under the age of one to encourage play in them.
So how to introduce “play” to my kid?
There are a lot of activities that kids can do. These activities are categorized into different levels according to the age stages all the way from the New-Born period to toddlerhood.
These activities or sets of activities contain multiple activities that have their own purpose.
For eg: For babies under 6 months there are some activities involving a component of stretching, grabbing, or scooting.
Similarly, for a baby just over 6 months or 1 year, there are activities that integrate speech, recognition, differentiating, organizing
If you want to know more about such play activities, their types, and their kinds then you can head over and explore our done-for-you missional activities that enable both parents and their kids to cultivate early brain development in your kids with zero screen time.
Our done-for-you missional activities make the most out of your kid’s curiosity, urge to explore to encourage Early brain development.
Now that you know the benefits of integrating play in your kid’s everyday routine. If you use to play in everyday development, your kid will build these life skills that will help you raise a prodigy kid.
Development of Visual Sensory Pathway,
Building Recognition Auditory Memory,
Developing Logical & Independent Thinking Skills,
Development of Language Skills, Speech & Vocabulary Expansion,
Building Focus & Concentration,
Development of Communication & Social Skills,
Developing Early Reading Habit,
Development of Holistic Music Skills,
Pincer Grasp Development, building Future Endurance for Physical Activity,
Developing Ability to Compare & Assess Real-life Objects,
Building Mathematical Reasoning & Problem Solving Skills,
Can you tell me some toys that can be used to encourage play?
Just as you need books, teachers, coaches, equipment to support learning in various fields. Similarly, you need sensory play toys and materials to encourage learning and play in your kid.
Sensory Play toys and materials and toys for Early Learning and early brain development of babies and toddlers aged between 0-3 years are designed very strategically to develop or initiate certain motion patterns to support physical development, recognition patterns, verbal speeches, and a lot of other things in them. Check out our recommendations on some of the age-appropriate play toys and materials for your kid(s):-
0-3 Months: At this stage, your baby can only see about 8-14 inches from their face, and in the name of colors they see in shades of black, white, and grey. So their toys should be in high contrasting colors of black and white.
It will allow your kid to see objects and differentiate them from the other objects around them. The process of eyes working together, beginning to adjust light, and processing color will start.
3-6 Months: At this stage, you are probably getting over the fact of how fast your baby grew. You must have started to get those smiles, better head control, and some other impressive things.
Now your kid has started to explore the surroundings with their hands and mouth. So toys at this stage are all about providing that sensory stimulation.
From teething cloth to rattles and rolling bells. All these toys provide much-needed sensory play.
6-9 Months: At this stage, kids are now more curious than ever. They are eager to check and inspect what they see.
So the toys at this stage are more geared in the way that entice kids and encourage play once you guide them towards something like stacking and building.
1-2 years: Now your kid is a toddler and they are now more independent. They are always looking to prove themselves by engaging in different activities that include categorizing and sorting.
So the best toys for kids at this stage are the ones that cultivate a sense of independence and sense of identity among them. Plus the extra benefit of such toys is that makes kids indulge in certain activities that engage them in problem-solving tasks that help develop fine & gross motor skills.
In conclusion, today we learned that learning through ‘play’ and brain development toys can play a vital role in the early brain development of your newborn or toddler.
Developmentally-Appropriate Toys definitely help in making the most out of that golden window where kids can grasp and grow the most and find their good habits eventually leading them to find their passions and make careers out of them.
This was brought to you by the brain behind PSK – Mr. Arjun Seth, and the PSK Learning Team, through the medium of ‘Here with You’ – an informative platform specially designed for New Parents and Guardians, that they should definitely make “their thing”.