As a Mum I know I have a huge part to play stimulating the development of my little man, J. And boy did that terrify me at the beginning – oh the responsibility! But actually, I’ve learnt that it can be easy and lots of fun to help him develop and see him changing and becoming more able. He learns from everything. Everything. So, it’s all about turning ‘the everyday’ into fun experiences. As a bit of a geek, I like to understand how J will develop so I can get the most out of our play sessions. I’ll be sharing what I’ve found and the activities I use in this brightplay blog. Like many things, I think the beginning is always a good place to start. So, here is some info on the different ways little ones develop.
Play is one of the ways your baby develops and this starts from the moment they are born.
Young children have so much to learn and most of this is done in their first 3 years, from walking to running; talking to joking and reading to writing... the list is endless! As parents we can’t start playing too early.
Here’s how your baby develops
There are 5 key developmental areas for your baby:
Communication: your baby learns to communicate and then speak. Their first ways of communication will be non-verbal e.g. crying and laughing then pointing at objects and grabbing things.
Learning: your baby has a lot of learning to do e.g. remembering (such as how to help you when getting dressed by putting their arms or legs out), decision making (which toy they want to play with), problem solving (e.g. what shape goes in which hole in the shape sorter), and cause and effect (if they clap their hands it makes a sound).
Movement: made up of fine & gross motor skills. Fine motor skills are the small movements your baby makes e.g. picking up small items of food, playing with toys and touching objects. Gross motor skills include the bigger physical developments e.g. learning to roll, sit, crawl, walk, throw, kick etc.
Hand-eye coordination: your baby learns how to reach out for items, bring their hands together and understand about how they can reach something.
Social & emotional: your baby learns and understands about themselves and others