In the early days of parenting. Parents are overwhelmed and they are intrigued by the variety of toys that they think will be beneficial for the mental development of their baby.
This is understandable because parents want to offer the best to their baby and don’t want to miss out on being the most loving and smart caregivers.
But being a parent and baby coach myself, I should tell you that you need to be smart and act wisely when you are considering getting early childhood learning toys and materials.
You have to only choose toys that are actually going to benefit your baby.
Our PSK’s Early Learning App recommends Flashcards for newborns as the most practical and realistic early learning tool for your newborn.
And not just that, my personal parenting experience also confirms the effectiveness of flashcards which lays the foundation for early literacy of a newborn.
Now, what exactly are flashcards?
In the most simple terms, Flashcards, as their name suggests, are nothing but cards with different pictures of everyday things like fruits, vegetables, animals, vehicles, colors, and unusual patterns & shapes.
The catch is that flashcards for infants are different than flashcards for a slightly older baby or a toddler you can say.
Flashcards for a newborn are supposed to be only black and white while flashcards for toddlers are colored (as usual).
The reason behind this is that 0-3-month-olds can only see black and white colors. So black and white flashcards are high contrasting colors for them which trigger their underdeveloped eyesight to develop.
Whereas flashcards for toddlers are high contrasting but multicolored and they want brighter and flashier colors in order to be intrigued and engaged in an activity with cards. Black and white is just too plain for them.
That’s the only difference between the flashcards for both.
Okay, so now you know what are Flashcards. But why should you use them? What exactly are their benefits?
Here are the benefits of flashcards for newborns and toddlers:
- Activates “recall” and strengthens memory
- Develops knowledge and the ability to comprehend
- Allows for confidence-based re-engagement
- Triggers the mind to increase the production of nerve cells
- Builds fine motor skills
- Develops visual memory
- Increased confidence improves meta-cognition and understanding of one’s mindset and thought processes
- Enables children to communicate and learn language and trigger speech
- Promotes early childhood learning among toddlers
- Identification of objects triggers their mind to imagine
- Improves awareness of their surroundings
“Okay, I get it. flashcards are good. But how exactly do I use them? Do I just flash them in front of my baby?”
Given that, your baby is a newborn and can only see in black and white. The most you can do is just flash those cards in front of your baby.
According to PSK’s Early Learning App. Newborns at this age like to see high contrasting colors as they discover and explore their surroundings.
The whole idea of using these cards is to get your little one to just look at the black and white cards. By merely looking at them, the little one’s brain will start to develop by creating more synapses. And more the synapses, the more of early brain development.
At most, what you can do is decorate the whole room with black and white cards in the direct surrounding sight of your baby.
And if you are a parent of a toddler then here’s how you can use flashcards for your toddler!
Do Months in a Year:
This is a good one. It helps your baby to develop a recall for numbers and month names along with the Alphabet used in those month names.
Do Days of the Week:
It helps your baby memorize the days of the week.
Play Find an Object:
First, tell your child the name of objects and then you can ask him to find that certain object by the name.
Play the color game:
You can also use the vibrant flashing cards to help the kids to learn and memorize the color names and the actual color recognition
Try playing with Visual Patterns:
The involvement in certain patterns also develops your baby’s mind to recognize and spot visual patterns over time which you know is a major skill involved in imagination and execution.
Recall Alphabet and Numbers:
Continuous flashing of alphabets like A, B, C, and digits like 1,2,3 helps a child in the process of memorization.
Now just like all these activities, there are many other activities in our PSK’s “Raise a Prodigy Kid” Early Learning App that has enabled hundreds of parents and caregivers to make the most out of simple material like flashcards.
Here is more that you should know about our Raise a Prodigy Kid program!
Our holistic ‘Learn-through-Play’ Baby Learning Framework and Programs are bundled with significantly purposeful and fun activities, learning materials, and curated experiences – a solution curated using design and technology, for Parents, their families and Guardians of babies. Our programs are missioned to help Parents and Guardians of babies build these various life these skills in their babies by simply utilizing the PSK online learning guides and learning materials for about 10-15 minutes per day with babies – visual & auditory memory, logical thinking, physical strength, creativity, imagination, pitch perfect music, math, concentration & coordination, early-reading, early language, communication, speech & vocabulary, and fine & gross motor skills, and sensory skills’ development, among other skills.
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