Your Clever Toddler in Week 61: Combining Memory and Mimicry
Right now, don't be surprised if your toddler imitates perfectly some seriously complex actions she sees you carry out around the house—even after weeks have passed! Learn what's behind this new skill.
Week 61 Brain Booster
Here’s what we know: Unusual acts stand out in children’s memories. (This fact goes back to the notion of habituation and dishabituation that babies learn in their first year.) For example, the first time your child sees you use a toaster, he will watch you closely and remember how to imitate what you do with it. If on another day you use the toaster again and use your eggbeater for the first time, it’s the eggbeater he’ll be most interested in. Why? It’s new and different. The toaster is old hat; the eggbeater, fascinating.
Children are highly interested in being competent in their environment. The more new activities they remember and imitate, the more competent they become. Give your child safe ways to mimic your grown-up actions, and you’ll be amazed at the skills he picks up!
Coming soon, look forward to: Week 62: Mimicking to Build Trust
Review the most recent accomplishments: Week 60: Willing to Help Others
Curious about how else your toddler might be developing right now? Learn more about her clever brain and her growing body here:
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