I watch my boys every movement. I’m a crazy momma that studies everything… how they hold their corn when they’re eating, how they stand when from a kneeling position…everything. I also watch for new inquires because when they’re curious, it’s my opportunity (and yours) to try to meet foster an inner need. Observing and noting their interests provides us with insight into their development and how we can recreate or build upon skills. You might ask why…why is this important? The greatest thing we can do is help ignite courisity and independent learning. If we prepare learning environments with their interest in mind, we not only help meet their inner need but we also lay the foundation of early learning skills. Is this achievable for early learners in the infant stage? Absolutely!
Infant Peek a Boo Boxes:
This idea came to me yesterday when I was changing my lil guy’s diaper. He was on his back and began to twist his body when he heard me press on the kid to the diaper container. His lil body immediately twisted where he began to press and release the lid. He seemed to be interested in the spring action and watching the lid move up and down. This got me thinking…hmmm. How can I recreate this movement while meet a developmental need?
In my hoarding stash of recycled items I acquired lovely birch boxes. Naturally the teacher in me couldn’t toss them. So I held onto them for that perfect “Ah ha” moment. That moment came people when I saw my boy’s curiosity and interest for the diaper container!
My twin boys in the last few weeks have begun to recognize one another. To encourage this awareness I wanted to create an activity that would help them identify and encourage language. So first I printed off a few photos of the boys. I made sure the photos were large in size so they could be easily identifiable. I cut them to fit the inside the box and secured the sides with tape. Next, I took a razor and made openings on the lid leaving one side to fold. I covered the opening with construction paper using packaging tape and ten minutes later, I created what I call, Peek a Boo Boxes.
Infants enjoy the good ole game Peek a Boo as it meets developmental milestone of Object Permanence. Object Permanence is the understanding that objects exist without being observed. Often accompanying Peek a Boo are laughs, giggles and language with children saying “More!”
This activity will facilitate language, curiosity, help develop fine motor skills, foster the idea of Object Permanence, identification and labeling.
I can’t wait to show my boys! Stay tuned for an update!
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