Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Problem Solving The Baby Way

 What infants, toddlers, and children do best to learn, is explore! From a very tiny age babies are learning  lessons of cause and effect. When parents interact with their child with love and trust, children start to make sense of the world around them. (For more information on child Cognitive Development from ages 0-3 click here ).  

Exploring, making faces, picking up a book and wanting to be read to, are some of the many ways your child starts to problem solve. If you want to track your child's problem solving development, click here!

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             Problem Solving Milestones

Birth to 3 Months
Watches faces
Moves or makes noises to get attention
Learning to manage sleep/wake states

4 to 6 Months
Explores textures/objects: touch, mouthing, banging
Repeating pleasurable activities
Simple object and people permanence

7 to 9 Months
Imitating sounds and gestures
Repetitive cause & effect play
Combines related objects in play 

9 to 12 Months
Simple trial and error
Playing with toys with their intended purpose
Searches for hidden or missing objects – harder to distract

12 to 24 Months
Imitates adult activities
Matching and sorting – recognizing similarities
Pretend play with realistic and then non-realistic props

24 to 36 Months
Sustained attention to preferred activities (15-60 min)
Enjoys stories and books
Pretend play with real life and emotional themes 

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Here are some fun activities that you can do with your child to help them learn how to problem solve :

Sharing Books: look at books together, point to and label pictures, share excitement about what the child sees and is interested in, tell stories about the pictures instead of reading the words only.

Balls and Bins:  Play with different size balls and bowls or boxes.  Play with how many balls you can get in a container or which balls are too big or small for a certain container.  Talk about the problem-solving process with your child as you play.

10 Ways to Play with a Block: Stack and crash, line up to make a train, come up with as many ways to play with the blocks as you can.

These are just some examples of Problem Solving skills. Each child develops differently, if you are concerned about your child's development contact us here!

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