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A young child’s brain is beyond belief in terms of its capabilities.

Every child is a genius. All kids are born with unique, individual capacities of growing into geniuses. Children have inborn creativity that gives them the foundation for evolving into future whiz kids and brilliant adults thereafter.

Therefore, parents being the prime educators, need to become more involved in bringing up children and taking the right steps towards nurturing their special abilities and talents.

Who knows, maybe the next Mozart, Einstein or Picasso is waiting to come out from within your family.

What is Multiple Intelligence?

The theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. In the traditional view of intelligence there is only one general intelligence that can be gauged by IQ tests.

However MI theory maintains that

1. Several intelligences are at work, not just one

2. Intelligence is expressed in our performances, products, and ideas, not through a test score

MI theory proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults. These intelligences are:





All these 8 intelligences work in combination & not in isolation.


Dr. Gardner says that our schools and culture focus most of their attention on linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence. But it is important that all 8 intelligences are developed in a child in order to ensure holistic development. It may happen that a child is exceptionally gifted in one or two of the 8 intelligences compared to the others but the other intelligences also can be developed.


One of the most remarkable features of the theory of multiple intelligences is how it provides  eight different potential pathways to learning. You don’t have to teach or learn something in all eight ways, just see what the possibilities are, and then decide which particular pathways interest your child the most, or seem to be the most effective teaching or learning tools.


So go ahead, understand your child’s pathway and “make learning fun”!


The Intelligences Defined:




Multiple IntelligencesBrief DefinitionSome questions to identify this intelligence in your childFuture Careers
Word SmartThe capacity to use language to express oneself & to understand others. This intelligence enables children to

  • - Make sense of the world through language
  • - Use spoken & written language to express themselves

Does your child:

  • - write better than average for his/her age?
  • - enjoy telling stories and jokes?
  • - have a good memory for names, places, dates, and other information?
  • - enjoy word games, either visually or auditory?
  • - enjoy reading books?
  • - spell better than other children the same age?
  • - appreciate rhymes, puns, tongue twisters?
  • - enjoy books on tape without needing to see the book itself?
  • - enjoy hearing stories without seeing the book?
  • - have an excellent vocabulary for his/her age?
  • - communicate thoughts, feelings, and ideas well?

Teacher, writer, journalist, novelist, comedian, preacher, coach, politician, lawyer, poet.
Logic SmartThe capacity for logical problem solving & numerical reasoning. This intelligence enables children to

  • - Understand & use abstract relations
  • - Think logically
  • - Use numbers (calculations, estimation, etc.)

Does your child:

  • - demonstrate curiosity about how things work?
  • - have fun with numbers?
  • - enjoy math at school?
  • - enjoy math and/or computer games?
  • - play and enjoy strategy games such as chess and checkers, brain teasers, or logic puzzles? easily put things into categories?
  • - play and enjoy strategy games such as chess and checkers, brain teasers, or logic puzzles? easily put things into categories?
  • - like to do experiments, either at school when assigned or on his/her own?
  • - show an interest in visiting natural history or discovery-type museums and exhibits?

Scientist, Engineer, Architect, Computer Programmer, Budget Analyst, Accountant
Picture SmartThe capacity to represent the spatial world internally in your mind. This involves perceiving & transforming visual & 3D information in one's mind & also understanding causal/functional relationships through observation.Does your child:

  • - recall visual details in objects?
  • - have an easy time learning to read and understand maps and charts in books?
  • - daydream a lot?
  • - enjoy the visual arts?
  • - demonstrate ability in using art materials and creating drawings, sculptures, or other three-dimensional objects?
  • - enjoy visual presentations such as videos, television, and movies?
  • - get a lot of information from illustrations in books she reads?
  • - scribble, doodle, or draw on all available surfaces?

Gardener, Sculptor, Surgeon, Mechanic, Carpenter, Photographer
Body SmartThe capacity to use your body or parts of your body effectively to accomplish tasks. This involves athletic movement, creative movement, body control, motor skills, etc.Does your child:

  • - excel in more than one sport
  • - move various body parts when required to sit still for long periods of time?
  • - have the ability to mimic others’ body movements?
  • - enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together?
  • - have a hard time keeping hands off objects?
  • - enjoy running, jumping, or other physical activities?
  • - show skill in activities that require fine-motor coordination, such as origami, making paper airplanes, building models, finger-painting, clay, or knitting?
  • - use his/her body well to express himself?

Dancer, Athlete, Actor, Coach, Artisan, Mime, Sculptor, Sign language Interpreter, Surgeon
Music SmartThe capacity to think in music terms – to be able to hear patterns, recognize them, remember them & manipulate themDoes your child:

  • - tell you when he/she recognizes that music is off-key?
  • - easily remember song melodies and sing them?
  • - have a pleasant singing voice, either alone or in a chorus?
  • - play a musical instrument?
  • - speak or move in a rhythmical way?
  • - hum or whistle to himself/herself?
  • - tap on the tabletop or desktop while working?
  • - show sensitivity to noises in the environment?
  • - respond emotionally to music he/she hears?


Musician, Choreographer, Conductor, Disc Jockey, Composer, Sound Engineer, Song writer, Vocalist
People SmartThe capacity to understand & relate to other people. It involves being sensitive to others' feelings, beliefs, moods. This intelligence helps children

  • Work effectively with others
  • Use interpersonal skills to fulfill their goals

Does your child:

  • - enjoy socializing with friends?
  • - seem to be a natural leader?
  • - empathize easily with others, which leads him/her to give advice to friends who come to them with problems?
  • - seem to be street-smart?
  • - enjoy belonging to organizations?
  • - enjoy teaching other kids – either peers or younger ones?
  • - have two or more close friends?
  • - serve as a magnet for social activities with others?

Educator, Counselor, Diplomat, Activist, Researcher, Management Consultant, Religious Leader, Politician, Salesperson
Self SmartThe capacity to understand one self – who you are, what you can do, what do you want to do, how do you react to things etc.Does your child:

  • - show a sense or independence or a strong will?
  • - have a realistic sense of her abilities and weaknesses?
  • - do well when left alone to play or study?
  • - have a hobby or interest she doesn’t talk about much?
  • - have a good sense of self-direction?
  • - prefer working alone to working with others?
  • - accurately express how he/she is feeling?
  • - learn from failures and successes?
  • - have good self-esteem?

Poet, Psychologist, Artist, Musician, Philosopher, Religious Leader, Motivational Speaker
Nature SmartThe capacity to discriminate among living things – plants, animals, etc. & also sensitivity to other features of the natural world. It includes the ability to understand the natural world well & to work in it effectivelyDoes your child:

  • - talk about favorite pets or preferred natural spots?
  • - enjoy nature preserves, the zoo, or natural history museum? show sensitivity to natural formations? (Note that in urban environments, this type of “formation” can include cultural icons.)
  • - like to play in water?
  • - hang around the pet in school or at home?
  • - enjoy studying environment, nature, plants, and animals?
  • - speak out about animal rights and earth preservation?
  • - collect bugs, flowers, leaves, or other natural things to show to others?

Florist, Fishing, Chef, Farmer, Environmental Educator, Biologist, Veterinarian, Meteorologist


Toys on Move and Theory of Multiple Intelligences [Kids Intelligences]


Play is the way babies and children develop their sense of self, sense of the world, and sense of where they fit in. Apart from entertainment & fun, toys & games play an important role in the development of your child. Everything that a child plays with develops one or more of the 8 intelligences in some way or the other. Through the knowledge of Multiple Intelligences [Kids Intelligences], parents can help shape their child’s inherent interests and quality through new ways and techniques. Even though your child will be stronger in one or two intelligences, the other intelligences also can be developed. So it's very important to select the right toys.


Selection of an appropriate toy is a struggle for a parent. Most toy stores use a simple age classification only to categorize toys that does not cater to individual learning needs.

At Toys on Move, our endeavor is to simplify the selection process of toys/games through the application of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. We review each and every product and comprehensively classify it under the eight MI framework, for you to be able to pick what is right for your child.

Seize this window of opportunity and open infinite doors of potential for your child.


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