One of the most amazing mysteries scientists try to solve is the one that answers the question of how do children think. Below, you can read the most amazing facts about the brain of a child and the stages that take place during its development.
Game Is Work
When you are a child playing games is what you need to do in order to develop. Whether we speak of a baby or a toddler, a game is the best tool to help in brain development. Holding toys, jumping, singing the song are all activities that improve sensorimotor functions. What is especially helpful for the baby and a very young toddler is that, from time to time, his parents stand next to him and tell him what he/she is doing.
Babies Feel Everything
Babies and kids at a young age can feel everything. Some psychologists claim it is almost as babies are capable of inhaling stress. It is why they need to be cuddled.
Size of the Brain
When it comes to newborn babies the size of their brain is only a quarter of the adult brain. Even so, the newborn has all the brain cells that are present in the adult brain. What is even more interesting is that in the first year of life our brain grows double the size. By the age of three, it gets to the 80% of the full size and by the age of five, it almost reaches the full size. When born, a baby has all of the neurons inside the brain. However, what matters is building connections between those neurons.
Building the Brain Connections
The intensity of building brain connections is the biggest in early childhood. During that time the number of connections established between neurons can even exceed the rate of one million per second.
We already said that the game is of great importance for building brain functions. But what really helps the brain to establish connections between neurons is every experience. Not just game. Learning also holds high importance as well as the parent’s involvement in the process of acquiring new skills.
When it comes to psychology development the nature of experiences is very important. Experiences that are filled with positive emotion have a positive impact on the later life of a child. Those who were supported by parents and had good living conditions tend to achieve more in life in both a financial and emotional sense. However, those who grew up with family violence, poverty, war, or any other environment full of stress and negative effects can have psychological problems and often achieve much less in life.
What Do Babies Know?
When a child is born it literally knows nothing. Its brain is released of any symbolism and it can see the world in the most objective sense of that word.
Do Babies Swim?
Contrary to widespread belief, babies can’t swim. However, they do enjoy spending time in the water.
Do Babies Feel Fear?
Babies have no awareness of real danger. It is only at the age of 6-7 months they become capable of feeling fear.
Do Babies Dream?
Babies start having vivid dreams only at the age of two. Only after two will babies start having dreams and nightmares. And it is even later that they get the ability to remember what they dreamed about.
Do New Borns Know Their Mother?
Yes, from the third trimester. This is because the mother’s voice is audible in utero allowing an infant to memorize and recognize her voice.
Do Babies Suffer Alone?
Babes don’t acknowledge the concept of time. Once mother leaves them they don’t know if she is going to come back or not. It is why babies can get anxious and upset if left alone for too long.