Activities to develop infants intellectual potential!

this goes hand in hand with my other post on creative or intelligent children. For those who chose a highly intelligent child, what specific activities would you do with your infant to develop them to their intellectual potential???
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By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Aug 27, 2011
Posted: on Mar 30, 2012
Encouraging independance ( from mummy and daddy). Activities that can be done with mummy and daddy that can then be improved on in their own time... Toys and books that can be played with together, but that they can learn from by themselves as they get more independent. You can sit with them and try to show them something until the cows come home but chances are they are going to learn more through play time when they are having fun playing their games by themselves without realizing how much they are actually " learning".
I've based this on my first hand experience with my 2 yo and I'm sure a lot of people might not agree, but this is what worked for me lol it's good for them to learn to play by themselves and to problem solve and analyze without someone always showing them all the time or doing it for them. Spending some time guiding them and introducing them to something new and then let them be independent make mistakes and work it out in their own time and own processes.
The best example I can give is when my son was born, I encouraged friends and family not to hold and cuddle him 24 hours all the time ( hard with a new bubba lol) instead I gave him a lot of floor time to learn about his environment etc floor time with toys that sang and talked to him repeatedly. He rolled, crawled, walked and talked early and in my honest opinion, it's because I gave him his independance and time with the toys to figure it out himself from the beginning lol
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Aug 27, 2011
Posted: on Mar 30, 2012
Oh and ^^^ I dont want this to come across as interfering with our relationship or bonding ( I can see that one being misunderstood lol) independance doesn't equal chuck your kid in a room with toys and that's it because that's not what it was like lol just to clarify haha
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Jun 22, 2011
Posted: on Mar 30, 2012
I get you sammy. My baby is highly independent. She doesn't care at all when I drop her at daycare. She doesn't cuddle or need loads of hugs and attention. But we have a sweet bond. She'll give me random losses and hugs throughout the day and then go back to playing. If she wants me to play with her she'll pull me over to what she's doing, then when she's done she pushes me away. She doesn't want my help in figuring things out. She likes to do it herself. But she requests a story every night and if I'm home (school 4 nights a week) it MUST be me who reads it. She loves her mama, but doesn't need to be by my side every second.
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Aug 27, 2011
Posted: on Mar 30, 2012
I'm glad my post came across well lol I was worried I sounded a bit detached hehe I love it too, I can help if he needs me but otherwise he tells no and does it his way ;) and it's great to let him play while I do the housework, makes the day that little bit easier :p lol
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Jun 22, 2011
Posted: on Mar 30, 2012
Exactly. I don't know what I would do if I had a clingy kid. I have homework and housework to do.
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Apr 08, 2011
Posted: on Mar 30, 2012
Reading (early literacy) puzzles and this game called what am I hiding? (encourages visual memory) songs (encourages auditory memory) sensory activities (water table, play dough). Also teaching another language (sign or verbal) stimulates the mind.

Also don't be afraid to go with what their interests are also. Some kids are naturally science oriented (nature, animals, etc) others language arts, others tactile.

What am I hiding is where you start with 2 items, show him/her both items, cover them under a cloth and hide 1, then take off the cloth and ask 'what am I hiding?'. Add 1 more random object each turn.
Objects can be anything small that fit under the cloth.
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Jun 22, 2011
Posted: on Mar 30, 2012
I get my daughter to try saying new words by teaching her new signs. If the signs are.took hard for her little baby hands (like the sign for I love you) I make up a different one.

I'm too scared to give her play doh just yet lol.
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since Aug 27, 2011
Posted: on Mar 30, 2012
Lol we love to play charades and Nate has to guess what animal or machine we are playing out :) we have tried to guess shapes and colors with play dough but in all his excitement he is too busy wrecking everything we try to make lol and because he hasn't quite got the dexterity to mould it he tends to just smoosh it and tell us what it is he thinks he has made hehe the effort is there just needs to practice his skills lol we so play role reversal and get him to teach mummy or daddy how to do something, he loves that and he is teaching himself at the same time... Plus it's always a winner for lots of giggles at how grown up he thinks he is :p lol
By: BabyBumpUser
Member since May 13, 2011
Posted: on Mar 30, 2012
thanks ladies very informative and it's good to see moms being active with their children

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