Cognitive Development

With a child’s cognitive development beginning the moment he is born; early experiences are critical to the healthy structural development of a baby’s brain. Some cognitive development will happen naturally as an infant observes the world around them, but parents and caregivers can do a lot to aid in a child’s development by ensuring good bonding and a stimulating environment. From sensory activities to discovery activities, all cognitive activities for infants featured in our books are designed to provide the stimulation that will help them reach those important baby development milestones and set the foundation for a lifetime of learning.

There are many ways to promote cognitive development in infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and children in early elementary school. Here you'll find the tools necessary to build children's cognitive abilities such as language, numeracy, reasoning, and problem-solving.

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125 Brain Games for Babies

125 Brain Games for Babies is a fun-filled collection of ways to develop the brain capacity of infants. Included are everyday opportunities to nurture brain development in the critical period from birth through twelve months. Each game and sensory experience presented includes an annotation on the latest brain research and how the activity promotes brain power in babies.

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Singing songs, reading aloud, exploring new textures and environments are all simple ways you can create opportunities for active learning in young children. Whether you are a new parent or an experienced educator looking for fresh ideas, our resource books are full of research-based cognitive development activities for toddlers and infants that are engaging and fun.

Our books on cognitive development also identify milestones to track and offer advice for what to do if you are concerned your child might have a developmental delay. Early intervention services can help children with developmental delays and special needs catch up to their peers. For more early education resources for children from birth to age eight, check out our top sellers and staff picks.