Intellectual Development means being able to think creatively and abstractly, to pay attention, solve problems and develop keen judgement along with a lifelong readiness to learn.
This intellectual type activity gives your baby time to focus attention on patterns and exercise eye muscles. The crib exhibits provide for visual stimulation for your baby to exercise their imagination.
You will need:
- Pieces of white cardboard (both index card size and larger pieces)
- Wide black, red, and yellow markers, or any markers that will give you high contrast
- Plastic page protectors
- Tape (to secure onto crib)
- Draw interesting patterns and smiley faces on the cardboard using the marker.
The patterns can be checkerboards, spirals, faces, concentric circles or zig zags.
- ALONG THE CRIB BARS: Place the pictures in page protectors and then tape
them securely to the inside of the crib, so that your baby can see but not touch
them. Babies like new stimulation. Change to new ones when your baby is ready
for a change. CAUTION: Do not completely line your baby’s crib with pictures. It is important to keep an easy air flow through the crib.
- A MOBILE: Make small pictures and use them to create a mobile. Dangle the
pictures above his crib so that he can see but not touch them. As they spin they
will give your baby something interesting to look at. CAUTION: Mobiles should be removed from t he crib when your baby is old enough to grab them.
- Talk to your baby while creating the crib exhibits.
- Enjoy using their listening to hear sounds and focus their attention.
- Change crib exhibits when your baby is ready.
- Stimulated to extend imagination and perspective from rotation of crib exhibits.
- Describe the crib exhibits using simple words (i.e. smiling faces)
- Learn new and interesting words.