An infants' focus is almost entirely on practical life and sensorial experiences. And almost everything requires NO materials.
In our home, we had the following material-required skills for the infant years - up to 12 months old.
- toothpicks into a jar wide mouth jar, then water bottle, then mounting onto salt shaker holes
- beginning to cut with scissors - at tray on booster seat with blunt-tipped scissors and narrow strips of paper on special tray that is indicated just for cutting
- using slots and holes (balls into holes; large poker chips into a slot on a coffee can lid --- start with objects that require no force to push through, then ones with more force required)
- feeding self
- couch cushions for climbing and tumbling - remove cushions from couch to create a safe climbing and tumbling game
- can or heavy jar that rolls across the floor to encourage crawling
- stairs with a gate across the 4th or so step (move it up as the child is safely climbing up and down)
- textures of various fabrics
|Climbing the couch cushions for the first time|
(look at the happy face!)
|waiting for his new friend to join him|