Play has many different aspects. It can be messy, creative, moving, musically, in the outdoor OR it can be through touch. This is probably the most intimate way of being together with a small child: (infant)massage. In massaging a baby ,we adults release our love hormon (oxytocin), that opens ourselves, so that we can “listen” better to what this little person is telling us.
Infantmassage is a loving, relaxing and playful way of being together with your baby. I call it "The ‘Touch Talk’: speaking through your hands to baby’s body, heart and soul".
Being able to read a book, starts with the recognition and understanding of letters. The alphabet comes best to a child in a playful way by scribbeling, manipulative activities, copying letters and later on writing them. Seeing the use of letters can be one of those magical cognitive moments in the development of a child.
The language skills of a child starts, that is what I believe, in the womb of the mother. Around the 20th week a baby can hear the voices from it's parents or other sounds coming from the outside. Hearing different kind of vibrations, rythms can make it easier for baby to recognise and distinguish the sounds of letters while growing up.
Play has so many different faces, all of them are precious to explore. Each child is different and deserves a playful approach of it's own.
Tonya from Strings, Keys and Melodies and I put our heads together to give special attention to Music in July. We will show you how music adds a wonderful playful learning aspect to the development of your kid.
About the importance of Music I wrote an article for my blogging playmate @My Creative Family, you can read it HERE.
Ik ben erg enthousiast over het boek 'Spelend in beweging' van Angelique Felix. Ik kwam het bij toeval tegen en gebruik de spelen uit het boek zeer regelmatig bij de speelochtenden voor ouders, grootouders en kids van 0-4 jaar die we in het buurtcentrum organiseren.
–Sandra Menken, Sociaal cultureel werker Voor Welzijn