Musically intelligent children are sensitive to the rhythm and quality (pitch, timbre) of sounds. They like listening to music and may enjoy singing and/or playing instruments.
Does my child:
- hum or whistle to himself/herself or tap out rhythms on table tops?
- enjoy singing/playing an instrument?
- show sensitivity to the noises around him/her?
- speak in a sing-song way?
Activity – Have family karaoke time
A super fun way to spend some family time, while encouraging your child’s musical intelligence, is karaoke. You can invest in a karaoke machine or download karaoke tracks and take print-outs of the lyrics – either way you are sure to have a blast. Have a karaoke night at least once a week – any less and the effectiveness is lost. Pick music your children enjoy – don’t try and force them to sing genres they don’t like. If your child is more into instrumental music, he/she can provide the accompaniment and the rest of the family can sing along.
Naturalistically intelligent children exhibit an affinity for all things nature-related. They enjoy spending time in natural settings and learning about topics relating to flora and fauna.
Does my child:
- like playing with water?
- talk about animals all the time and enjoy playing with them?
- show concern for the environment and animal rights?
- collect flowers, leaves or insects?
Activity – Grow a vegetable garden
This isn’t as hard as it sounds and does not require elaborate preparation. Living in an independent house is ideal for this activity, but those in apartments don’t have to miss out either. Radishes, carrots, potatoes, onions and beans are easy to grow in pots. Get your child very involved in the process, assigning him/her responsibilities like watering, adding manure and weeding. When you finally harvest the fruits of your labour (pun intended!), make your child’sfavourite meal – it’s sure to taste doubly delicious.
Intrapersonally intelligent children have the ability to understand and appreciate their own feelings, fears and motivations. They easily identify their own strengths and weaknesses.
Does my child:
- entertain himself/herself well when left alone?
- exhibit a sense of independence and strong will?
- prefer working, studying and playing alone?
- accurately express how she/he feels?
Activity – Leave your child alone
This is the hardest intelligence to find an activity for, that the parent and child can do together – since the very intelligence is all about the individual. So, as strange as this may sound, leave your child alone! Allow him/her to do something by himself/herself, be it yoga, writing in a journal or just thinking. Set aside a time every week for your child’s alone time, and make sure no one from the family interrupts it. If your child gets bored and emerges from solitude to be with everyone else, that’s okay, but if he/she is happy with his/her own company, then let him/her be!