Babies learn about cause and effect and how they can make things happen. They use all the skills they’re developing to learn about the world. It is critical for developing an understanding of how the world works, an ability to communicate and connect with others and a sense of competence and self-confidence.
Children this age are adept communicators. They show what they want through actions. Communication skills are essential for feeling competent and forming relationships. Two-way communication is important for intellectual development, as their gestures are an attempt to figure their world out.
Toddlers use all their skills to become good problem solvers. They understand the patterns and actions to reach a goal. They learn some behaviors lead to certain reactions. Becoming a problem solver is critical to child development.
This imaginative age group is rapidly developing their creative thinking skills, by using words and symbols to express thoughts and ideas. Through pretend play, children make sense of new feelings and concepts — essential to their social, emotional and intellectual growth.
Children are good abstract thinkers. Becoming a logical thinker is essential for high-level intellectual functioning and for future development. Their understanding of symbols becomes essential for reading and mathematics. Logical thinking helps them tell right from wrong so they can develop morals and a conscience.