Kidaptive Blog

Into the River: Practicing Impulse Control

Resisting something that feels natural is hard for anyone and requires great impulse control. Impulse control can refer to the control of both verbal and physical responses. Researchers have shown that the inhibition of a physical response is more challenging for young children and generally develops later, but this “watery” adventure is a great way to practice! […]

Tick Tock Hide-and-Seek

This week’s activity primes your child’s ears to pick up subtle changes in sound, which helps your learner develop the auditory discrimination skills required to discern slight differences in language sounds (such as between the “a” sounds in “cat” and “call”).  All you need is a portable ticking clock, metronome, or a device (like your phone) that […]

Practice number ordering with pipe cleaners

Ordinality refers to the principle that written and spoken numbers are part of a sequence that goes from smallest to largest. Although it can be learned fairly young, it takes time to integrate with other conceptual math concepts, like cardinality and numeral recognition. For example, children can learn the order of numbers before they know what […]

A story to remember: 3 steps to improve working memory

Children are continuously processing and learning new information, much of which is stored as working memory. Working memory lets us keep small amounts of information in our minds for just long enough to help us complete cognitive tasks, so it has great implications for children’s development and education. As adults, we often try to remember […]

Experimenting with color mixing

Although understanding color properties might seem like it’s just about knowing how to make one color from two different colors, experiments with color properties are actually some of children’s first explorations of generating and testing hypotheses. Developing a knowledge of color properties involves comparing and contrasting colors, making connections between past experiences and present stimuli, […]

Right on the button: Understanding cardinality

September 27, 2014

Want a quick and easy way to determine how well your child understands cardinality? (Cardinality refers to the number of items in a set and is fundamental to basic math operations like addition and subtraction!) All you need is a table, a small towel or napkin, and at least ten small items, such as buttons. […]

From tinkering to planning: Building executive functions

September 20, 2014

Building sets that encourage free play, like Tinkertoy® pieces, are great tools for helping your child develop planning and sequencing skills, which are fundamental to completing daily tasks and solving complex problems. Research shows that early childhood is a critical time for developing these skills. Try this fun building activity to support your child’s growth! […]