A FAVORITE SUMMERTIME BABY TOY
This summer, add a pail and shovel to your collection of baby toys. As we see in the above video from tgnPeeps’ youtube channel, there is much to explore with the pail and shovel. These two babies are different ages, one is walking and the other is still crawling, yet both enjoy exploring the use of these two objects. Sometimes parents added a couple of sturdy, plastic coated paper plates in to the play which also generates some fun sounds when tapped with a shovel or rake. Notice how the babies above need to hold the shovel or rake with a firm grasp in order to play with it.
BENEFITS OF BABY PLAY WITH PAIL AND SHOVEL
Baby coordination improves as she holds the shovel and moves it down to touch the sand or learns to contain sand in it. Another complex task is the motor skill of learning to hold tiny grains of sand in baby’s hand and not let them slip out of her fingers until the hand is over a bucket. To reach the sand, a baby that is standing and walking needs to squat so she can reach the sand, developing baby strength. She also learns orientation in space as she learns to put the sand in the shovel and out of the shovel, in the bucket and out of the bucket, and in her hand and out of her hand.
5 BABY PLAY ACTIons for MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT
- Trying to put sand in the shovel/out of the shovel.
- Learning to put sand in the bucket/out of the bucket.
- Holding fine grains of sand without letting them slip through the fingers
- Keeping a tight grasp of the shovel or rake while moving it.
- Combining two physical activities such as squatting while shoveling.