Try these strategies to support your toddler’s cognitive development
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- Show four objects on a tray; cover the tray and remove one object; uncover the tray and ask what is missing.
- Set up choices that involve your child making decisions, and encourage your child to use gestures (or language in the future) to make a decision.
- Use concept words (such as big, little, heavy, soft) often in daily conversations.
- Play games that involve naming opposites (hot–cold, up–down, empty–full).
- Compare objects to show opposites (fast–slow, wet–dry).
- Practice sorting shapes and objects by size, colour, or other properties.
- Compare objects for length (short or long; long, longer, longest).
- Discuss objects by use (shovel–outside).
- Discuss objects by where they may be found (land, sea, sky; library, home, school, store).
- Encourage your child to complete puzzles.