Best Activities to Boost Your Toddler’s Mind-Body Connection
Playing a Role and Taking an Initiative in Your Toddler’s Physical and Cognitive Development
The physical growth and cognitive development of a toddler is unparalleled to any other stage of life. From gross motor skills to hand-eye-coordination, toddlers are stimulated and challenged by seemingly simple tasks. Simplicity should not be overlooked at this stage and, in fact, probably needs further attention at times. Between the ages of two to four, toddlers are developing both gross and fine motor skills that will carry over to every aspect of life.
Through running, jumping, ladder drills, and other exercises, toddlers develop gross motor abilities such as balance and coordination. Additionally grasping, gripping, and moving objects strengthens fine motor abilities and concentration.
Through organized sports, physical activity can be combined with drills that incorporate key cognitive exercises to develop skills such as color recognition, spatial awareness, and effective listening. Combining physical exercise with cognitive stimulation allows for an overall improved mind-body connection. Early development of such a connection only paves the way for a more stable, well-equipped, and healthy lifestyle.