Exploring and Learning
Exploring the world around them helps kids learn new skills.
Watch the video together and create your own obstacle course indoors or outdoors to help kids learn math and language skills!
Hold baby in your arms facing outwards so she can see the world around her. As you walk around together, describe your movements using spatial concepts: “We’re walking through the door, underneath the light, and into your room!”
With older children…
Create a simple obstacle course using household objects. For example, you might open up the flaps on both sides of a cardboard box and place it on the floor. Encourage kids to walk around the box, crawl through the box, or, if they’re big enough, step over the box. You can also incorporate other movements such as skipping, hopping, or marching.
With groups of mixed ages…
Encourage older children to help set up the obstacle course as a challenge for you and the younger child. Call out (or let the older child call out) spatial directions (such as “Climb on top of the stepstool!”), and hold the younger child as you move through the obstacles together.
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