I thought I'd take this opportunity to share a very easy activity that my daughter has enjoyed. A month or so ago she hit the stage of climbing. At first just the reflex to climb was noticeable but she soon realised what it was for and started attempting to climb. Being a bit on the short side she had very little success in actually climbing onto anything despite her best efforts. That's where this activity stemmed from.
Activity: Climbing Monkey
Now just let your little one enjoy climbing. It would be a good idea to be close by at first as if your child is anything like mine, they may attempt to sit on the cushion and actually tumble off it until they learn the dimensions and how to balance on the cushion.
This activity is great if you don't have stairs (like us) as it helps your baby climb up small things in that stage before they're able to tackle bigger things like chairs. To my amazement though, within a week of practicing her climbing on this cushion, my daughter had learnt to climb off the cushion backwards and was then able to climb down stairs too, something she previously hadn't managed.
Her climbing ability has quickly developed though. Not too long ago she was pottering around in the lounge while I finished off some baking. I had a quick look around the corner and freaked out when I saw that she was no longer on the floor, or even on the small chair she had learnt to climb. Instead she was crawling around on the coffee table having managed to use her toy box as a step up!
All the crawling and climbing involved in this activity is excellent for the brain as it encourages both sides of the brain to work together. Plus it also helps develop spatial awareness, visual skills, persistence and resilience, coordination and core body strength. Love all that goodness packed into something so simple!
As always, if you have a go with this activity I'd love to hear how your baby responds - do they love it or hate it? Let me know by commenting below or on my Facebook page.
Until next time,
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