Infant Play & Learn: Crawlers
Play groups are designed to be a learning and social time for both parent and baby. Groups starts with introductions. During introductions each family shares who they are, the child/children's age or ages, and a little about how things are going. You could share a new skill learned, or something you that is going really well. You can also share something you are struggling with or that is just frustrating. Next is the activity or material exploration. Some times these activities are more directed and sometimes it is more open ended exploration for the children.
During group Patience moves between interacting with the children and chatting with the parents. Patience also likes to point out the discovers and thought processes the children are making during play time.
These is always time during play groups for parents to talk together and share stories and ideas. You also have an opportunity to ask Patience Bleskan your parenting questions.
In the Crawlers Group we go a different theme each week.
Groups ends with Story Time
Week 1: Open Play
The children are provided with more traditional toys to explore and work with. These toys are all natural and green made toys.
Week 2: Sensory or Art Exploration
The children are provided with materials to entice their senses and expose them to a wide variety materials. The children are encouraged to explore with their entire body. Examples of materials are clay, rice, corn meal, and paint.
Week 3: Every Day Objects
Every home is full exciting things for children to explore. The children are provided with materials found in most homes. Parent and child get a chance to explore these items in a new way.
Week 4: Gross Motor Activities
Older infants are working on mastering the movements of their body. The children are provided with an opportunity to climb on, crawl through, and pull up.