Brain Building through Smart Play - Techniques and Tips
By Andrew Loh
All parents simply love to have children, who are extremely smart
and intelligent with an ability to perform better in their personal
and professional life. Till recently, we believed that there is not
much that we can do to help our children develop their brains. Most
of us were under a wrong impression that intelligence and smartness
are inherited and it is almost impossible to enhance our children
intelligence after the birth. However, recent monumental research
studies on brain-based development in children suggest us that
parents can do and perform a lot to help their children develop
their brain based activities. The basic brain cells are very
rudimentary and basic in a just born baby. However, most of the
important brain connections and bridging between neurons occur
during the first 10 years of your child's life.
Smart play is a new and modern term that helps your child develop
basic brain based skills and talent that goes far behind the
conventional type of intelligence that is restricted mainly to
academic performance. Academic performance is an essential part of
your child's life, but there are certain things that cannot be
expressed through mundane scholastic abilities. There are the skills
and intelligence that cannot be quantified or measured, just as we
do in the case of classroom performance. These skills are absolutely
essential for your child's success in life and they are almost
invisible to your eyes. These smart play skills can just be felt and
Children love and adore creative and smart play. You children always
like something that provides him or her hands-on type of learning
process that makes them smarter, intelligent, inquisitive, probing
and logistical. For example, your young baby will be amazed to see a
swinging ball slowly swinging above her pr his eyes. The immediate
reaction from her is to touch the swinging ball and probe what is
there that is making it to swing. Once children touch the moving
ball, they slowly begin to swat at the ball and make swing more.
While older children are too curious to know why objects sink in
water while others do not.
Active and smart play, both social and solitary, can help your child
develop extraordinary skills that cannot be taught by regular
academic processes. Symbolical thinking and abstract thought
processes are two of the most important life skills that you must
teach your child. These two are the complex skills that need lot of
practice and perfection. These skills can emerge when you child play
with different types of smart play things and games; dress-up cloths
and props, building blocks, doll houses, building games,
construction toys and accessories, farm toys and mechanical sets are
some of the things that can help your baby develop a series of
Here are some basic techniques and methods that will help your baby
or child develop a series of brain functions:
Look out for different toys, games, accessories and products like
puzzles and board games that help your children develop basic skills
like curiosity, inquisitiveness, interests and hobbies.
Learning and understanding requires all of the body senses. You
can buy different types of dolls, puppets, battery operated vehicles
and construction/mechanical toys to stimulate and encourage
exploration of language, touch, logistics and cognition. You can use
these toys and playthings to create exciting stories and anecdotes.
Get into child's play by playing with your children. Show them how
to solve problems that arise, while playing board and puzzle games.
Become an engineer to construct bridges, houses and farm villas.
Buy lot of books and manuals that help your child to read, write
and work on. You can read stories and rhymes aloud every night just
before bedtime. An active conversation between you and your child
will help instill the need to stay close together and actively
participate in the learning process. Puppets can be a very useful
tool to impart communication and language skills.
Be interactive with your children. Ask probing questions about
what your children are doing and about their experiences with smart
toys. If there are any problems, sit down and explain about
solutions and not problems; however, you can ask probing questions
that lead to answers from them.
Interactive and playful toys are extremely critical for your
child's success. You will need to buy those smart toys that help
them learn basic skills like learning, imagination, creativity and
thinking skills. Encourage creativity by using playful and smart
toys, especially by using brain and hands. Arts, painting and craft
work will help your baby develop fine senses of creativity, artistry
Remember that toys are not just for your children! Toys are
designed for you as well! Become a child and start playing with your
Your children's attention span, depth of concentration and will
power, and level of enthusiasm or inquisitiveness are quite
important and critical. The smart toys and playthings that you buy
your children must focus on these important skills.
Smart play helps your children relate life experiences to reinforced
learning and understanding. In fact, child brain development does
not occur in isolation! One area of development will trigger and
catalyze quick advancements in others. Smart play can help your
child learn emotional, scholastic, logical, cognitive, thinking and
social skills that can never be taught in a regular classroom.