It has been decades since neurological experts had established that the formative years for a child's intelligence are between the ages of 0 to 7. These are the 'Golden Years' for the brain development of a kid. It is during these years the child's brain develops those billions of neural connections in his or her brain. This ultimately lays the foundation for the quality of life the child will have when he grows up.
Coming back to the formative years, preschool’s have initiated programs that would trigger changes in the child’s brain through various stimulative means.
So let’s get to the point.
4 Fun Activities That Spark Intelligence and Creativity In Your child
Scrabble seems like a far-fetched idea when it comes to sparking problem-solving skills in a child. However, studies have shown that learning new words helps increase information creation and retention ability in young children, which is a very important skill required for problem-solving. Problem-solving is not just computation, but also remembering critical information like clues. Games like scrabble not only help them learn new words but also trigger the development of neurons that are responsible for learning and memory. So the next time you feel your child needs an exciting game to play, buy the new scrabble board off the shelf.
Chess is not just reserved for adults. If your child is a bit older i.e. between 6 to 8 years, introducing chess can be as interesting as challenging it can be. Chess is a game of strategy and hence it is important that strategic thinking is introduced to children at an early age. And this idea is not at all far-fetched because at the base of all the mental faculties required to play the game, lies logic and memory, the two basic building blocks of intelligence.
Memory in the context of chess is like holding the ends of stretched threads in one hand and keeping track of where does each thread ends. The various considerations and calculations require good memory retention, on whose base we build the logic/problem-solving. And both of them together require extreme focus. So viola! Memory, problem-solving and focus. All of them in one activity.
3. Graphic Puzzles:
Graphic puzzles are more suited to younger children in the age ranges from 2 to 5. It would be a good thing anytime to involve them with more verbal challenges and games. However, more than that, it is the visual-based games and challenges that they should be exposed to since their learning models are based on pictures and colors.
Graphic puzzles would include graphically challenging games such as
find differences between pictures
find an object in a picture
name x number of objects used at home/school etc
Graphic puzzles are the most basic tier of thought triggering activities that allow your child to think a bit more intensely than usual.
4. Arts and Crafts:
Arts and crafts trigger creativity. But how is that related to developing problem-solving skills? Creativity is the creation of new ideas, methods, techniques, and concepts which are apart from the mundane and the traditional. This approach can help them develop problem-solving skills as it is likely to enable them to perceive situations and problems in an 'out-of-the-box' manner.
However, introduction to arts and crafts is merely the beginning towards inducing the creative streak in them. After they cross a certain, naturally, the challenges would need an upgrade too.
And To Sum It All Up…
The edifices of problem-solving are memory, logic, and creativity. Good nutrition, challenging and fun activities and your love and support will help make your child an intelligent adult with bright prospects.