Child Development

Math Talk with Infants and Toddlers- NAEYC
Children develop math concepts and skills very early in life. Read about how we can interweave five basic math concepts into our everyday conversations with infants and toddlers.
Will feeds Maya, his 8-month-old daughter. He pauses for a moment and Maya signs “more.” Will laughs. “You want more? Okay, here it comes!” When the bowl is empty, Will says and signs, “All gone. Maya ate her food. All gone.” Maya looks at him and smiles.

How “Serve and Return” Interactions Between Parents and Child Shape Brain Circuitry- Harvard University Center on the Developing Child
(2 minute video) When an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries, and an adult responds appropriately with eye contact, words, or a hug, neural connections are built and strengthened in the child’s brain that support the development of communication and social skills. Watch this video on how caregiver interactions help build healthy brain architecture.
Activities

Hunting the Wind!- Tinkergarten
A fun activity for blustery days! Make wind flags with kids and go “hunting for the wind.” Not only do wind flags help kids make fast friends with wind, the flags have proven to be magical toys that lead to hours, even days of play.
From Around the World

The Babies Who Nap in Sub-zero Temperatures- BBC
Would you put your baby or toddler outside in the freezing cold for their lunchtime nap? Most Nordic parents wouldn’t give it a second thought. For them it’s part of their daily routine. Find out why they do it.

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