Every parent thinks their child is a genius but there’s a way to be sure from an early age — and it involves a raisin.
Scientists have found that by placing the fruit under a cup and telling a toddler not to touch it, they can tell how clever the youngster will turn out to be.
While most two-year-olds make an immediate grab, those who resist for one whole minute will score an average 19 per cent higher on tests by the time they are eight, the University of Warwick found.
Here are some other telltale signs of a high IQ from birth up to the age of ten.
They’re extra heavy
Women who give birth to hefty babies can rejoice at news that the heavier a newborn, the higher their intelligence.
A study of more than 3,000 babies published in the British Medical Journal found that larger birth weights meant slightly higher IQ.
It is thought to be down to the fact that heavier babies have been better nourished.
AGE 12-24 MONTHS
Hears extra languages
Mandarin? French? Spanish? Can you talk to your child in a different language?
One trick to encouraging brain development in a toddler is if it is spoken to in different languages, according to a report in scientific journal Child Development.
Those born to parents who speak more than one language perform better on IQ tests.
So parents and parents-to-be, it’s time to brush up on those foreign tongues.
They’re taller than others
For your child to have the best chance of reaching great heights, they have to stand at er … a great height.
Tall kids are more likely to ace tests, according to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
The study team noted: “As early as age three, before schooling has had a chance to play a role, and throughout childhood, taller children perform significantly better on cognitive tests.”
Can paint a person
Artistic youngsters who can create a realistic image of a human by this age are more likely to be more intelligent in their teens.
Researchers at King’s College London studied 15,000 pictures drawn by four-year-olds and found that those with an early eye for art were more likely to do better in later IQ tests.
Telling lies early on
Fibbing can be a good thing. Researchers found that children who do it at an early age are more likely to do well in later life.
A Canadian study of 1,200 children aged two to 17 found that kids who are able to lie early on are more intelligent.
The experts from the Institute of Child Study at Toronto University say this is because the complex processes involved in conjuring up a tale are a good indicator of a child’s IQ.
Plays a musical instrument
Playing a musical instrument helps boost a child’s emotional intelligence at this age.
Researchers at the University of Vermont College of Medicine looked at the brain scans of 232 healthy children aged six to 18.
They found that the more a child played an instrument, the better their skills with “anxiety management and emotions.”
They’re a better than average reader
Lots of reading early on is a key indicator of higher intelligence in later years, scientists have found.
Those kids who have better-than-average reading skills at the age of seven, immersing themselves in novels, perform well in IQ tests as teenagers, according to a joint study by the University of Edinburgh and King’s College London back in 2014.
They love staying up late
IS your child of around this age always pushing back bedtime?
Research by the London School of Economics shows that clever adults are more likely to stay up late and started the habit at an early age.
Researchers noted: “More intelligent children are more likely to grow up to be nocturnal adults who go to bed late and wake up late on both weekdays and weekends.”
They scoff down a good breakfast
If your child is eating a healthy breakfast at this age, their chances of achieving above-average marks in academic tests are doubled.
Those downing cereals, breads and dairy in the morning do best in assessments at the end of Key Stage Two, according to a University of Cardiff study of 5,000 pupils aged nine to 11.
They love to have a good chat
By the age of ten, your child can be tested by Mensa to find out their specific IQ level.
Key indicators of smartness, Mensa says, include a love of talk, making up different rules for boardgames and getting fed up with other children.
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