Workshop Intellectual development


  • To understand how children grow and develop.
  • To enjoy children’s development and have realistic expectations of them.
  • To provide children with age-appropriate activities. 


Pose a starter question to the group: 

‘What does intellectual development mean to you?’ 

Sometimes it’s called ‘cognitive development’ and is about a child’s developing mental abilities. Learning to communicate and to draw, count and read are all intellectual accomplishments. 

The great thing is that encouraging kids in this area doesn’t take any special skills: their development can be supported by whānau simply through everyday play activities. 

Intellectual development cards 

The 7 intellectual development cards cover children’s development from shortly after birth to when they’re 3 years old. Although the developmental order remains fairly consistent, the timing of each stage can vary between individual pēpi. Like all developmental areas, intellectual development can be influenced by how much or how little interaction a baby has with their main caregivers. 

Activity — putting the cards in order 

Give the cards to pairs or small groups. Ask them to read, consider and discuss them with each other, and then work together to put the cards into sequential order. 

Have a selection of resources available to help with this, and for the groups to check how they’ve sequenced them. 

Bring the groups back together to go over the placement of the cards. 

Resources to support sequencing could include:


  • Intellectual development cards

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