Cognitive activities is educational play and is vital for your toddler's cognitive development – that is, your child's ability to think, understand, communicate, make memories, imagine and work out what might happen next.
This is a collection of my favorite cognitive activities for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids. Depending on the activity, even babies can join in the play.
This activity is a fun way to teach addition (math) to your kids. You only need beads and pipe cleaners and they can play with the beads and pipe cleaners in different ways. You can add different amounts of beads to each end of the pipe cleaner and they can add the numbers together or they can add the beads to the pipe cleaners themselves. Great for fine motor skills and addition (early math skills).
Activities that you can do with items in already in your home is a big win for me.
In this activity, kids not only get to practice cutting skills, but they also get to “rescue” animals stuck inside a muffin tin closed with tape.
Plus all you need are animal figurines, tape and a muffin tin to play!
I like simple activities like this one where you only need a few items to make a great educational toy. You take sandpaper and yarn to create a yarn drawing board. You can also create pattern boards for your kids to replicate. Or they can create designs on their own.
This activity is easy enough for younger kids to do, since shape matching is not that difficult.
Plus it’s a great activity for me because it uses items that I have in the house, plus it is a great way to use up old paper shopping bags (I use them instead of butchers paper).
This Christmas I-spy free printable is a great little activity for kids to do during the festive season or whenever they feel like it. They will have fun spying the different festive pictures and its sure to keep them entertained for a while.
At first I thought this activity is a bit complicated for younger kids but it's actually great for introducing them to rhyming in a fun way. The pictures are bright and colorful and will be a delight to turn around. This activity also includes a beautiful printout.
It's so simple to do this activity, just print out the printable and give it to your kids to play. Let them color the flowers as they spy them.
This pipecleaners stickman activity is so cute because kids get to copy the printout and bend the stickman according to the printout. Move the arms up, legs down etc. You make the pipe cleaners men and then kids get to bend it in different ways. Free printable included.