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Activities that Promote Cognitive Development

Giving our children ways to think, discover, problem solves and develop their communication skills is a fun and easy way to help them grow their little brains!

Last week we broke down

5 Ways to Strengthen Cognitive Development at Home through reading, talking, rhyming, creative activities, and movement.

Your challenge is to try out a different cognitive development activity for each day of this week.

Make sure to return next week for a new set of activities!


Weekly Activities

Try out a different activity to develop cognitive development

for every day this week!


Start off the week with a game of hide and seek! This game encourages children to use their imagination and helps them develop problem-solving skills as they try to work out the best place to hide or find their target.

Try some different variations:

  • Children and adults hide

  • Hide an object and give clues – when close to hiding place - you are warm, getting warmer, very warm, now you are hot!

  • When far from hiding place – you are cold, you are getting colder, very cold – icy cold!


Bath time – water play teaches about the world around us.

  • Use bottles to pour and measure

  • Watering cans to direct water

  • straws to blow bubbles

  • balls twigs, cones stones – floating and sinking

  • ice blocks – melting and changing temperature

  • sponges – soak and squeeze


'Go, Shapes, Go' by Denise Fleming is a wonderful read-aloud story that will take you on a adventure of shape recognition!


Today's cognitive development activity includes a read-aloud story with math & counting skills! Try counting along with the book and replicating the many sound effects!


'Down by the Bay' Rhyme & Read!

Repetition of rhymes and stories teaches the brain how language works while also improving memory, concentration, and thinking skills.

*Are you looking for an extension activity? Make a Cute Watermelon Craft from a Paper Plate!


The perfect way to celebrate the weekend! Scavenger Hunts can be indoors or outdoors and can be a fantastic way to incorporate more movement into a more sedentary day.

  • The fun of the chase!

  • a counting scavenger hunt – find three leaves, two shoes

  • alphabet scavenger hunt – something that starts with b

  • colour scavenger hunt – something that is blue


Math sorting activity - Sorting helps children develop executive function skills, important brain skills that help with memory, attention and problem-solving.


Prepare your child for success in school

HIPPY is a free preschool program for qualified families in Oakville, Milton, and Burlington. We connect parents with trained Home Visitors who will give you weekly support and training on how to prepare your children for success in Kindergarten and beyond. The 30-week program is based on children's literature with all the materials, activities, and tools provided to you by HIPPY Halton.


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