Saturday, March 23, 2019

365: Ravenclaw Day

March 23 is Ravenclaw Day. I identify as a Ravenclaw, and Ravenclaws are known for their high level of intelligence.

To celebrate the day, I found a list of 20 way to boost your baby's brainpower, and we worked through as many as we could.

1. Turn up the baby talk.
Scholastic suggested Baby Shark. We did at least 10 rounds of Baby Shark today. We are a Baby Shark all day everyday family.

2. Play games that involve hands.
Jude has recently gotten into playing peekaboo for us by putting something over his face, so we played that for a while. We also did patty-cake and this little piggy.

3. Be attentive/Build trust by being attentive and focused.
I followed around Jude this morning while he played and interacted when he wanted me to. He knew I was there, but I was letting him be independent at the same time. I don't have any pictures of this because it felt counterproductive to carry my phone around when I was supposed to be focused on Jude.

4. Foster an early passion for books.
We read everyday, but today, we read Dear Zoo, Are You a Cow?, Woodland Friends, Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear?, Pout Pout Fish, Baby Loves Coding, and Rocket Science for Babies.

5. Build your baby's love of his body.
I took the time to remind Jude about how strong he was. Throughout the day, I watched him play and told him how strong his legs were for being able to lift him, how handsome his smile is, etc.
6. Enlist help at clean-up times.
We always do a clean-up song, so we just did that today. It goes "it's time to put the toys away/toys aways/toys away/it's time to put the toys away in the baskets"

7. Arrange supervised play with messy materials.
There has been a pompom in whisk activity all over the internet, so I thought we would give it a try today. Jude really only enjoyed pulling the pompoms out with his mouth and smashing the whisk on the magnatab, but he smiled while he did it!
8. Express joy and interest in your baby.
This was the easiest for me because I truly love watching Jude learn, play, and interact with the world.

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