You probably already know that new experiences stimulate brain growth, but did you know that unexpected results also can foster neurons to learn to adapt? Think about the first time you saw an Okapi. You probably wondered how it was similar or different to a zebra. Children are always subconsciously assimilating their new experiences into previously learned concepts.
A simple but fun way to create new learning is to change the type of tool used to paint. Rather than just using paint brushes, try using some pom poms or Q-tips. Put paint on paper plates for a change and see what they might do with the colors. Will they put it on a paper, or will they mix it up? Either way, let the child experiment with the colors and tools and watch new neuron connections grow!