We at Montessori steps take into considerations that the child in that period from 6 months to the age of one year, undergoing many physical, mental, social and emotional changes.
In this period, he is no longer interested only in the world around him, but will try to crawl, wander and explore all that surrounds him.
It may seem like a period of anarchy and disorder for us as adults, but for a child it is a period of discovery, excitement and learning through his senses.
Because the first year of a child’s life is one of the most important periods of life in which he discovers the environment around him, people and everything, it is necessary to develop the skills of our children in that period and help them explore, play and communicate with them develop from their intelligence and mental development.
Since we care about the integration between home and the nursery, we put in your hands these activities that can be done at home to develop our children at this stage and complement what is being built in the nursery.
1- Treasure basket activity:
A discovery basket or treasure basket is a basket full of purposes provided to the child to spend a fun time and discover things, this activity is suitable for a child from the age of 6 months is a simple activity and inexpensive but develops the skills of your child.
Tools for this activity:
Basket – some things from the kitchen (wooden spoon or egg racket) or some fabrics with a distinctive feel.
Choose anything depending on your child’s age and the purpose of the activity.
Just put in the basket multiple items with different properties for your child to discover (objects that develop sense of touch, sight, smell, taste and so on).
But make sure that these tools are clean and safe because it may be discovered with his mouth, for example ( an be put kitchen appliances wooden – wool ball – rattles – fabrics of different texture – plastic cans).
The tools can also be changed every time to suit your child’s development. In the end, it is important to stay away while your child is playing so that you can intervene in time to avoid the risks.
Skills learned from this activity: the development of the child’s senses, the discovery of multi-touch objects through the senses.
2- Hide and find things:
Tools for this activity: All you will need in that game is a game or a small book and a blanket. Place a toy or book under a blanket, letting part of it appear.
Then ask your child, “Where is it?” Encourage him to look for it. If your child cannot, remove the blanket to see it and put it back in.
Once your child has mastered finding a partially hidden object, move it to conceal it completely under the blanket.
Skills learned: Develop fine motor skills.
3- Stack and arrange things:
The tools required for this activity: You need in this activity only plastic cups food.
Stack and knock the cups with your hand and throw them to the ground.
Skills learned: Understanding cause and effect, fine motor skills.
4- Puzzle) Handle with Puzzle (
At the age of one year, your child will be ready for the Basel and suggest that it be presented in different, colorful and gradual forms depending on the child’s development.
At the beginning, it is best to introduce a one-piece puzzle so that the child can master it and then move on to the two-figure puzzle. First, show your child how to do it and do it yourself in front of him..
Skills learned: problem solving, fine motor skills, visual skills.
5- Bottles sound activity:
Materials to prepare this activity: empty bottles, colored rice, pasta or colored buttons.
Fill the bottle with rice or pasta, then close it well so your child can see and hear what happens when they shake, shake and wrap the bowl.
Skills learned: Development of fine motor skills, auditory discrimination, cause and effect.
6- Put the ball in the cavity:
Tools for this activity: a cardboard box with a hole in the form of a circle or a box of wood and a ball.
Your child will love this activity very much, and your child will learn from this activity to put the ball in the hole, and this activity promotes the synergy between the movement of the hand and eye of your child, as he can realize that some things disappear but they already did not disappear forever.
7– Place the Shalimoh in small holes or place the fur ball in an empty bottle:
Tools for this activity: empty bottle, fur balls or empty canister with openings and shalimoh.
Insert the fur balls into the bottle or do activity in front of your child and your child will do the same.
Skills developed: Develops your child’s skill in controlling the muscles of his hands and helps him to develop concentration and attention as it works on the synergy between the movement of the eye and hand for your child.
8- Texture panel
Because the age range at which the child uses his senses to discover, presenting the activity of the palette is a good option.
Materials for this activity: cardboard board, disposable or dampened tissue covers, pieces of different texture (wool / silk / fur).
Skills learned: This activity aims to develop the child’s sense of touch to know the difference between soft and coarse.
9- Discover the environment around it:
I found that the best teacher of the child is nature, the child uses his senses in discovering things, so all the senses use his body to smell smells, know the texture of things and see their colors.
The best thing for a child is to walk outside to learn about the surrounding environment of trees, landscapes, sand, winds and leaves.
These things are also an incentive for the child to move when placed on the edge of the blanket and trying to reach the grass, dirt or sand, and can be prepared some activities related to nature, which develop from the senses of your child at home.
Like drawing in the sand or playing clay made in the home that is harmless to your child