It’s never too early for children to socialize and play together! While the big kids head off to school, little ones thrive by exploring the world with primary caregivers as a secure base. Learning starts at birth, and while math and science will look different later, the foundations are set early.
In the world of early childhood learning, there are five areas of development that we look to enrich. These are cognition or learning, speech and language development, self-help and sensory skills, physical development, and social and emotional development. Though humans are lifelong learners, the latest science tells us that the first three years of brain development are a critical period in the way they set the stage for future learning.
What does this look like in “real time”? For newborn infants, this might include skin to skin contact, hugs and kisses, and beginning floor play or what some call “tummy time.” For older babies who are more independently mobile, you begin to introduce cause and effect toys, allow mouthing of new textures and foods, and balance or pre-walking activities. Young toddlers who are just beginning to walk want to explore everything they can reach! Blocks, balls, and baby dolls are especially attractive and allow for creativity. Older toddlers have a lot of energy and will seek play experiences with other children as long as their caregiver is close by. Parents have to balance letting their children explore safely and knowing when it’s time to step in.
Pinwheels will be offering developmental play groups for caregivers and their young children beginning on Monday, October 12th. Groups will be run by developmental professionals and focus on early learning with parents and socialization through play with peers. Each week of the five-week session will address a different area of development. Please check our website for more information or to register. Mention Delaware County Moms.com for 10% off your first five-week session.
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Swarthmore, PA 19081
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