Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fun Experiment with Liam!

I have been having such a great time this summer with all of my classes, namely my Infant Development class.  It is so amazing learning in-depth information on just how babies develop.  Their minds are working overtime and their bodies grow so fast.  Well I was reading about how the child's brain develops and the frontal cortex kicks into overdrive around 18 months.  This is the time when children develop their inner thought process (part of what contributes to the terrible two's) and they begin to notice themselves as their own beings.  So when they see themselves in the mirror they actually realize that they are looking at a reflection of themselves and not "another" one of themselves.  Well there is a little experiment that you can do to see if your baby has developed this yet.  Take them to a mirror, preferably a floor mirror and let them check out their reflection.  Then move them away from the mirror and put a smudge of red lipstick on the forehead and let them go back to the mirror and check themselves out again.  If your child tries to find the baby behind the mirror or doesn't notice the lipstick they haven't developed that thought process yet.  But, if your baby touches their forehead (not the mirror forehead) then they realize that they are looking at a reflection of themselves in the mirror.  The fun part is that sometimes they smear makeup all over the place.  I tried this with Liam today and he was totally oblivious, he is only 11 months but I can't help myself when it comes to trying new experiments with him!  Try this with your toddlers and enjoy the fun!


The Adventures of a Blondie Mommie said...

Cute! I love reading books on infant development- especially since I've had Jackson! It's amazing the changes that take place at such a lightening fast speed!

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