have on your child’s development as
their early experiences can have a
lasting effect on their learning later on.iii
Whether it’s neighbourhood playground, a walk around the park, sensory plat at musems or beach fun, with a little bit of creativity, you can help nurture your child’s cognitive, motor, emotional or communication skills.iv Read on to find out how you can give your child a head start and unleash their learning potential!
Get your child to select four toys from home and pit the first two in a race down the slide. Guide them to predict which will win the race based on the performance of previous races. Ideal for toddlers aged 1 to 2, this improves their motor, cognitive and communication skills. You can also use the opportunity to teach older children about gravity.
Bring different objects and try to balance them with mom and child on opposite ends of a see-saw. Great for ages 3 and above, this activity encourages younger children to think and communicate with mums to strike a balance, whilst older kids can develop their problem-solving skills.
You and your child can tag each other’s shadow with your feet. In addition to some Vitamin D, your child can coordinate his motor skills and get some great exercise. Triple win! Pro-tip: the closer to noon it is, the shorter the shadows. Do this activity in the mornings or evenings.
Captain of the Universe
Improvise an obstacle course on the fly for your little one to follow. Give your child directions like "circle the swing, go down the slide and then cross the monkey bars!", to help foster their motor and cognitive skills. For older kids aged 4 and above, stretch their thinking by switching roles and encouraging them to set the tasks. The repetition not only improves their memory,iv but also builds their confidence as steps become more complex.
*Mead Johnson Nutrition Company’s claim is based in part on Value Sales data reported by Nielsen for the Children Nutrition Milk Formula category across measured off-premise retail channels in 27 countries for the 12 months ending June 2017.
** FAO/WHO recommends daily dietary DHA intake of 10-12mg/kg body weight for children 12-24 months or 100-150mg DHA+EPA for children 2 years old and above, 100-150mg DHA+EPA for children 4 years of age or 150-200mg DHA+EPA for children 4 years old and above, 200-250mg DHA+EPA for children 6-10 years old. Reference: FAO 2010. Fats and fatty acids in human nutrition. Report of an expert consultation. FAO Food and Nutrition Paper no. 91. FAO:Rome.
+PDX refers to Polydextrose