Friday, February 14, 2020

Benefits of Outdoor play for toddlers

Toddlers learn and explore during outdoor play

It's so much fun watching your toddler explore outdoor play.  Bunny is extremely active and loves exploring everything around him. He loves to be alone and wants to explore things by himself.

This short video in the garden shows how he wants to explore the sea saw . He doesn't want to sit on it but wants to know how it goes up and down.  If you observe carefully he us holding a pebble in one hand. He picks up one thing from the garden that he treasures the entire time he is out and sometimes even brings it home. It may be a leaf, a flower or even a pebble.

Exploring though play helps
🌴 the toddler learn through experience
🌴develop the gross and fine motor skills
🌴improve the hand and eye coordination
🌴the toddler connect with nature and care for people and things around them
🌴Cognitive development - increased neural pathways are formed when toddlers explore their world through concrete materials

Monday, January 20, 2020

IMPORTANCE OF WATER PLAY FOR TODDLERS

WATER PLAY - BATH WITH TOYS


Have you ever wondered what are the benefits of water play for your toddler. Next time when he is enjoying himself and doesn't want to come out from the shower give him some extra time to enjoy since he is learning through water play. 

My bunny loves water and can splash around for hours without a moment of boredom. Since the weather is pleasant in Mumbai decided to give bunny a warm water bath with his animal toys, scoops and shower mug.
He enjoys splashing, grabbing his toys , pouring water and simply has a great time.


Im definitely doing this again since he felt good after his bath and was really hungry and ate well too, this play also builds up the child's appetite. #touchwood 

This activity develops
👣Fine Motor skills 👣Hand and eye coordination 👣Spatial awareness 👣Balance

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Ball pit play for toddlers

I was always looking forward to put my bunny in the ball pit and see him enjoy knowing the loads of benefits and most important the happy moments.

The first time we put our bunny in the ball pit , he just sat and watched. I took that as progress since he didn't cry but watched the other toddlers play and was soaking that in. I knew he needed more time and was amazed the second time with his progress. He crawled, jumped , walked around and even interacted with other toddlers.


So if your toddler doesn't respond the first time, don't give up but motivate them to try again. Encourage small movements and picking up and throwing the balls. Small encouraging words will help as well. 

An activity like this helps develop the toddler in so many ways and let me tell you a few.

Hand-eye coordination - grabbing the balls is really hard work.


Motor skills - crawling, reaching, grabbing, sitting, throwing, jumping, falling ....
Doing these things simultaneously is wonderful for both fine and gross motor skill development 
Balance - grabbing the balls whilst balancing  requires bunny to balance his body.


Early language skills - activities like these  encourage babbling which is great for early language development.

Cognitive development - increased neural pathways are formed when toddlers explore their world through concrete materials and live experiences 
Its advisable to supervise closely.