Baby Play: Dropping and Posting
Little Pop is crawling everywhere now and getting her hands on all of big sister’s toys, much to her joy. She is entering that stage of pure wonder as she explores the shape, texture, smell and taste of a myriad of things that are all new to her. She is particularly interested in dropping small objects and picking them back up again and has recently entered the “enveloping” stage, where she likes to put things inside boxes, tubes and pots and then find them again.
So I made her a quick and simple game for independent play and exploration using a milk jug.
I cut the top off and then a couple of small-ish holes in the sides (larger than her fists) so that she could reach inside.
Then I picked up a few small Duplo pieces and cotton reels ready for posting through the holes and set her down to play.
And she didn’t need any demonstration!
She loved the holes and immediately put her hands into them to see what she could feel inside.
She pulled objects out and examined them briefly before dropping them back in and repeating again.
This is the age at which babies do the same thing repetitively until they have got the hang of it and have added it to their learning “repertoire”. Which is why some babies seem to love dropping things off their highchair repeatedly, because they love to watch the cause and effect of it falling to the floor and being returned to them (much to most parents’ annoyance!)
“Oooo I can fit my whole arm down in here!”
Collecting and posting, shaking and rattling, tipping and emptying. Repeat, repeat, repeat!
“Hmmm, I wonder if my favourite Little Ted will fit in here too? Oh yes, he sits there nicely!”
She played with me and Big Sis (who of course wanted to play too) and loved the game of passing the pieces back and forth, dropping and picking up, hiding and uncovering. She then played with it independently for another 10 or 15 minutes seeing what else she could fit inside it and generally shaking it around to enjoy the noise she could make!
We will be doing more, quick and easy baby play games soon!
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