Hello everyone and welcome to the CORAL blog!
In this space, we will be sharing articles written by our team on current research in the field of language, social, and cognitive development.
You will find summaries of our own research (with the finished publication linked), as well as short articles about exciting research from across the globe! We hope you will learn a little more about child development and how current topics relate to your child and your own life.
Stay tuned for fun activities that you can do at home and within your communities, and for information on some virtual events you and your little ones will love!
Snowy Winter Themed Science Crafts
Winter makes up almost half of the months in Canada! That’s a long time to enjoy lots of fun winter activities with your children! Whether you prefer staying bundled up indoors or relishing the chilly weather and snow outdoors, you can try out some of these wintery science crafts this season!
Have any excess salt in your kitchen? Use them to make at-home snowflakes for your children to have fun and work on their fine-motor skills at the same time!
You will need:
Homemade Snow Globe
Snow globes are fun to play with and can even serve as décor pieces at your home, so why not make them? Forget about the generic snow globes and let your children make their own custom DIY snow globes to shake and play with this winter!
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The Winner Takes it All: Preschoolers Focus Heavily on Outcome
Indoor Science Experiments
With warmer jackets, shoes, and drinks, changing leaves, and crisp air, Fall is in full swing! If you’re looking for some fun activities to fill up your weekend, check out some of these fun indoor experiments!
Outdoor Summer Crafts
Citrus Cup Bird Feeders
Pour Painted Pots
If you’re happy and you know it: How do children infer emotions?
Like Peas in a Pod: What Do Preschoolers Understand About Friendship?
I choose you! How do children decide who to ask for help?
Fun Nature Crafts
Suncatcher Wind Chimes
Mason Jar Terrarium
Can you guess where I’m from? Children use accents to figure out where people live
3 cues that children use to help guide their word learning
Children are curious to learn about people who are different from them!
What can uhhhs and ummms tell us?
Children were asked which of the two objects was labelled correctly. Children’s responses showed they “trusted” the fluent speaker’s label for the new object more than they “trusted” the disfluent speaker’s label. In past blog posts, we’ve talked about how children choose to learn information from someone who has been more accurate in the past, or who seems more likely to know the information (like a child, when the topic is toys!) But these results show that children might also decide whether to learn from a person in a particular situation because of how sure they sound.
All of this is to say that hesitations like disfluencies (umms and uhhs) are just a normal part of speech! These types of speech patterns are actually giving listeners important information, and even young kids know how to interpret them!
Activities for Kids That Explore Their Sense of Smell!
Many sensory activities that kids do are touch-focused, but kids can learn a lot by using their other senses too. In this article, we share 3 activities that you and your child can do to explore their sense of smell with their nose! In each activity, you can also encourage discussion with your child and promote language development by talking about:
- The different colours
- How to describe different scents
- What the scent reminds your child of
- Any foods your child has tried with a similar scent
Smell & Guess
Matching Tea Bags
Crafting with Food: Winter themed dessert recipes to try with kids
Having to stay at home can be a difficult experience for kids and parents. However, finding activities to do together can be a fun way for your kids to improve their cognitive and language development! This blog presents some collaborative winter-themed crafting recipes for the family, but are simple enough for your kids to do on their own. To encourage your kids to think about the activities, you can ask them questions such as, “Why does the chocolate melt when it’s hot but not the banana or pretzels? What month is it now? So this is a winter month – what is a summer month? What kinds of things could we make in the summer?” You can also teach them about numbers and counting, tastes and textures, and states of matter (i.e., melting). This can be a fun experience to relieve boredom while at home, as well as a hands-on way to teach concepts and develop skills!
How do children determin who is the expert?
Imaginary Companions in Childhood and their Psychological Importance
Winter Science Experiments
Crystal Snowflake Ornaments
Bird Seed Ornaments
3 Strategies Your Baby Uses to Solve the Speech Segmentation Problem
Perceiving is believing? Children learn from confident people even when it conflicts with their own perceptions
Halloween Science Experiments
Bubbling Halloween Slime
Halloween Melting Hands
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How do children choose who to learn from?
Moral development: Even your kids can do it!
Is Language Really Arbitrary?
Crafts You Can Do at Home!
Finally, pour the yeast-water mixture into the bottle and watch the foam form!