Play and Learn at Home: Giant Steps and Fairy Steps
If you think about walking, the first time a child takes a step is huge. Our babies physically develop from the top of their head to the tips of their toes and from their core to the ends of their fingers.
All of their large pivots, their neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees and ankles have to coordinate their movements to move one foot in front of the other. It’s a massive step forward in independence not just in physical development but for each child being able to make decisions about where they will venture!!
Playing through the little experiences that we offer will support all of their balance, coordination and motor skill development.
Once your little one is confident at walking, give them a reason to practice! A great way to encourage your little one to move around, while being aware of their feet and how much they use them, is to play games.
Here are some wee suggestions for encouraging your child to get up and about!
Place two pieces of fabric a few feet apart on the floor or in the garden. Then you can place a variety of fairy items like fairy cakes, fairy dust (glitter in little bags), wands, wings (shiny fabric) and crowns on the fabric. You could use scary items that would be giant to the fairies like toy spiders, bats, moss, a treacle sandwich, or jumping jelly (in a plastic bag). You can place these items around the area, hiding a few to make it a bit more difficult. Place a basket or bag for the child to collect and gather various items, all the while practicing their steps!