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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

At 15 months old, a rubik's cube would not be appropriate. First, it's kind of a complex puzzle. Most adults can't solve it. A 15 month old is going to see it as a brightly colored cube and nothing ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

At six months old, the key is to talk a lot, and to give the baby lots of opportunities to explore their environment. One approach that worked well for us was to follow the Montessori approach to ...
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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

I would not recommend this as a toy, but for a different reason. As a brightly colored geometric shape a Rubik's cube would probably be appealing to small children, and at that age they will likely ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

Turn off the TV and interact with your child If your IQs are so high, use that intelligence. You can't make a child more clever. That's built in, by nature. What you want are skills they can develop ...
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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

There are huge soft 2x2 rubik's cubes for toddlers. Like this one: Jumbo 12157 - Rubik's Baby - My first Cube, Kleinkindspielzeug They are soft and not easily breakable. There is a youtuber called "...
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Five year old successfully built a Lego set meant for 6-12 year olds. Does this mean anything?

Five year old son successfully built a lego set meant for 6-12 year olds... Is this common? Yes, it's quite common. The age range on the boxed toy is not based on intelligence or aptitude. It is ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

Above all else, let her play. In my opinion there is way too much focus on academics in the early years these days, and not enough on creativity and play which are integral to how a child learns ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

Including your children in your life and activities builds both intelligence and capacity. Especially for young children, avoid passive activities like videos, or non-human interactions such as ...
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Five year old successfully built a Lego set meant for 6-12 year olds. Does this mean anything?

I don't know whether it's common or not but my son could certainly do that; he first got into Lego aged 4 and it really clicked with him (in fact he's only just growing out of the Lego obsessed phase ...
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What can I do to help my kid attain a high Intelligence?

https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/traits/intelligence I think a loving, healthy home is an excellent foundation. As a special needs teacher, I can tell you that parents might not control how intelligent ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

What can I do to a 6 month child so she end up smart and have high IQ? Your child's IQ is what it is. (The constant drive of IQ test developers is to take the child's socio-economic and educational ...
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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

No, at 15 months this doesn't make sense. I'd recommend a book with little flaps that show pictures underneath. These are fun for kids that age. Pick a book that shows colors, numbers, animals, etc. ...
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Could a three-year-old really have the cognitive abilities to make playable "Mario Maker" levels?

Can every three year old? Probably not. But yes, it's not outside the realm of possibility. What you'll find is that oftentimes kids who are particularly exposed to one thing will end up learning ...
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At what age child naturally stops asking "Why?"

Children go through a developmental phase, around three or so, of asking "why". They do grow out of that - and four is a reasonable time to expect that - so it's not surprising your ...
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Buying the same toy

This is my personal opinion and it is not in any way scientifically supported. When buying toys, I have 2 main considerations: Does the type or theme of the toy fit within the interests of the child. ...
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How can I get my son to wear his CPAP mask all night?

First, may I start off by saying that I understand how difficult this must be for you intellectually and emotionally. You know your child needs CPAP, your doctors know he needs CPAP, but your son ...
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When does a toddler understand the joke of a man falling down on purpose?

You're asking when a child develops the ability to understand that a pretend action is not a real action. This ability typically develops around their third year, so your daughter is probably around ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

Several of the other answers touch near this, but I didn't see anyone directly state it. One of the most beneficial things you can do to help your child's development is to read to/with your child. ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

One of the most important things you can do for your child as they reach the age where they can begin eating solid foods is to make sure you are watching their early-childhood nutrition. Make sure ...
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Buying the same toy

My 4 years old son is been obsessed with Thomas the tank engine train set for more than 2 years and also loves cranes excessively because of the hooks that are attached to them. You're using terms ...
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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

I agree with Becuzz. The child at 15 months will simply ignore the toy. If you think it encourages intelligence, you'd be incorrect. It seems counter-intuitive perhaps, but truly it makes sense. ...
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Why do people have kids?

You can certainly make an evolutionary argument: species that do not have a strong drive to produce offspring will become extinct quickly, species that want offspring will persist. Since humans are ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

You will probably be interested in the book "Kindergarten is too late" (幼稚園では遅すぎる) by Masaru Ibuka. To quote a review of the book: Masaru Ibuka makes astonishing (and interesting) ...
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What can I do to a 6-month-old child so she ends up smart and has a high IQ?

There are many kinds of smart. IQ, logic and math aptitude are not everything. Familiarize yourself with the many areas your child will need to improve in over the years and make sure to include them ...
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What can I do to help my kid attain a high Intelligence?

Providing a loving and supportive environment will provide the platform for her to become her best. I would not be concerned with her IQ because that is a genetically driven, not environmental. If ...
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Is there a fun guide on infant cognitive abilities?

Try The Wonder Weeks. That gives details of when babies supposedly make mental leaps that allow them to understand new things about the world and develop new skills. For a more general guide, the ...
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Is a Rubik's cube an appropriate gift for a 15-month-old child?

I would recommend a Rubik's Cube for a 15 month old if, and only if, the parent (or nanny or other constant companion) is able to easily solve the cube already. This is a slightly odd answer, but I ...
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Which models / techniques could help me accelerate my child's intellectual development?

I applaud your intentions of helping her to learn as much as she can. Take a look at the Parenting for Brain website. It seems like it would fit in with your goals. Children will excell naturally when ...
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