Your Baby’s First Game!

Why the smiley face?

If you have a baby younger than 4 months old, we suggest that you print the smiley face and use it to stimulate your baby’s brain development, particularly when he is between 6 and 14 weeks of age.

All you need to do is to hold the image about 25 cm away from his eyes and let him focus on it. He will most likely be absolutely mesmerized by the face.

The truth of the matter is that a child of this age is biologically ‘programmemed’ to pay extra special attention to faces and researchers have found that a face with these particular features is most popular.

Move the image from side to side to see how your baby follows the movement with his eyes. You’ll notice that he acts as if he has no choice in the matter. You can also position the smiley face on its side in your child’s crib so that he can stare at it while lying on his side. Observe how he smiles at the picture. Some babies even vocalize and ‘talk’ to the face. It’s quite cute to see!

The reason why your child responds to the smiley face with such enthusiasm is because this face is literally ‘the right thing at the right time’ for a baby of this age.

The Practica Programme offers you much more than a selection of educational toys. We sell an educational lifestyle!

What are we trying to demonstrate with this game?

Although babies are born with all their brain cells, the connections between their brain cells develop over time. As you probably have heard by now, this ‘wiring’ mainly takes place during the early years of a child’s life.

The best time to stimulate neural networks to develop thicker and stronger brain cell connections is when the particular neural networks are still in the beginning stages of their development. The early stage, during which the neural networks in a specific region in the brain are most susceptible to the impact of stimulation, is called the ‘sensitive period’ for the skill that is controlled by that particular region in the brain.

When you do the right thing at the right time with regards to a specific skill, you make the most of the ‘sensitive period’ for that skill and the impact on the density of the neural networks in that region of your child’s brain is nothing short of phenomenal.

Interestingly, babies and young children are biologically ‘programmemed’ to give more attention to the things that are most beneficial to their development during the ‘sensitive periods’. That explains why, in an ideal environment, babies will naturally repeat certain behaviors and do things that allow them to practice their newfound abilities over and over again.

The Practica Programme gives you all the ideas and tools that you need to understand and maximize your child’s development with fun and games during the sensitive periods with regards to all the important areas of his development. We basically provide you with the ‘big picture of parenting’ for the early years.

authDear parent,

I hope that your baby’s response to the smiley face demonstrates to you how easy it is to tap into a child’s natural development when you know what to expect and what to do.

Imagine how much easier it will be for you to optimize your child’s development if you have thousands of similarly age-appropriate activities at hand during the entire first 7 years of his life!

The Practica Programme is not a random collection of educational toys in a wooden box with a guide that tells you what you can do with the toys. That wouldn’t be a bad idea, but what we have to offer is far more useful!

We offer you a wonderfully comprehensive tool that gives you the big
picture of your child’s natural development.

Our approach is truly practical (hence the name ‘Practica’) so that you can add the ‘magic touch’ that comes from doing the right thing at the right time to every interaction that you have with your child throughout your normal daily activities.

We have 23 exciting years behind us. We look forward to share at least the next 7 years with you!

Warmest regards,

Lizette van Huyssteen

Developer of the Practica Programme