PILLAR 4: EXPLORE THROUGH MOVEMENT AND PLAY

  • explore through movement and play EXPLORE THROUGH MOVEMENT AND PLAY

    WHY?
    Newborns don’t have much control over their bodies. As they grow, they gain more. Along the way, they learn the rules of movement. They learn by touching, reaching, banging, dropping, stacking, and pouring. When they can crawl, they are excited to explore their surroundings. Their brains form mental maps of places and spaces. Helping your child become an explorer helps develop their “mind’s eye.” It prepares them for sports and even for being good at math!

Explore Through Movement And Play

Explora a través del movimiento y juega

  • Los recién nacidos no tienen mucho control sobre sus cuerpos. A medida que crecen, ganan más. En el camino, aprenden las reglas del movimiento. Aprenden tocando, alcanzando, golpeando, dejando caer, apilando y vertiendo. Cuando pueden gatear, están entusiasmados por explorar sus alrededores. Sus cerebros forman mapas mentales de lugares y espacios. Ayudar a su hijo a convertirse en un explorador ayuda a desarrollar su "ojo de la mente". ¡Lo prepara para los deportes e incluso para ser bueno en matemáticas!

Explora a través del movimiento y el juego

  • TIPS FOR INFANTS
    (NEWBORN - 12 MONTHS OLD)

    DO TUMMY TIME
    Give your infant regular “tummy time.” When they lift their head to look around, they strengthen the upper body and prepare muscles to crawl. They also get a new view of their surroundings!

    PRACTICE REACHING
    Hold a toy over your infant’s head, or put one on the floor just beyond their reach. This will encourage your infant to reach and build coordination.

    PLAY PEEK-A-BOO
    This game teaches infants that objects (and people) exist even when hidden. It’s also a fun way to bond with your child. 

    GIVE THINGS TO HANDLE
    Provide objects of different colors, shapes, and textures to play with. Handling objects helps with hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Use everyday objects. You don’t need fancy toys to keep your baby’s attention!

    SUPPORT DISCOVERY
    Your infant discovers how the world works by experimenting. They also learn through repetition, so they might drop a spoon  over and over to see what happens. Watch and assist!

    PLAY SEARCH AND FIND
    Put an object under a bucket or blanket and see if your child can find it.

    LET THEM MOVE AROUND
    Let your child explore their surroundings by reaching, rolling, scooting, and crawling. This is good for coordination. It also strengthens their “mind’s eye” as they see things from new angles and sense where they are in space. Just make sure they are safe!

  • EXPLORE THROUGH MOVEMENT AND PLAY
    (12-36 MONTHS OLD)

    FOLLOW THEM
    Toddlers learn a lot by experimenting on their own. If your child looks like they are concentrating on something, like pouring water in the bath or stacking blocks, stand back for a moment and let them problem-solve for themselves. This is exercise for their brain!

    HELP THEM BUILD
    Use blocks to build a tower. How high can you go? What happens when you knock it over? What other shapes can you and your child build? You don’t need to buy blocks to do this. You can also use cardboard boxes or plastic cups.

    MAKE ART
    Drawing is a good way to exercise little hands and be creative. Put out some crayons and paper. Your child can also experiment with tearing and folding the paper.

    ROLL A BALL
    Roll a ball or a bottle back and forth to develop coordination and teach about cause and effect.

    PLAY OBSTACLE COURSE
    Make a simple obstacle course. You can use blankets, pillows, or boxes. See if your child can go over, under, around, and through these objects.

    PLAY HIDE AND SEEK
    Your child can hide behind the couch or under the table.  Or, you can hide objects around the room. This is a great activity for developing their thinking skills.

    USE POSITION WORDS. In all of these activities, use words like “over, under, near, far, through,” and “around.”