Seeing your little ones achieve those Gross motor developmental milestones is a lots of fun. That first rolling over, sitting, crawling, walking, running here and there, climbing, jumping etc is definitely a sooper cute sight. While some babies quickly reach their Gross motors milestones, others may have delayed output, which is COMPLETELY OK, as long as your pediatrician does not highlight any serious issue. Please feel free to absolutely dismiss any desi myth you hear about why your baby isn’t walking yet, is sitting too early or should not crawl at all. By encouraging the baby to move those large muscles and whole of their body, and by providing them ample opportunities to put them to use in as many ways as you can regularly, you can give their Gross motors some serious required boost.
And the best part is, you do NOT NEED some fancy equipment or toys to do that. A lots of indoor and outdoor play can help boost their large muscle movements and improve their balance and co-ordination. Or else something as basic as your SOFA CUSHIONS can do the job!
YEP, you heard it right.
ALL you need to perform this activity is some CUSHIONS and PILLOWS.
Get as many as you have inside the house to make a LOOONG WALKING TRAIL.
Age: 1 year + (depends on whether your baby is crawling or walking yet, choose for yourselves accordingly)
Skills: Gross motors, Balance and Co-ordination, Sensory and Tactile
At our place, we usually do the ‘set-up’ and SURPRISE the little one.
For the first few seconds let them explore and TRY to figure out what it is all about and what they could make out of it.
The first time we performed this activity at our place, the girl only crawled all over the cushions trail in excitement, since it was a very new experience for her. Did you realize here that it can be such a great Sensory and Tactile activity for crawling babies? Use as many textures of cushions, mats and pillows as you can and you are all set for some great sensory fun.
This time we added a variety of big and small cushions/ pillows, and made the trail curvy at one side to make it more challenging. Also, we had a lots of motivational factors this time, as walking on a soft, uneven pillow/ cushions trail is not as easy as it seems for a toddler.
So here we begin the fun…..
OFF WE GO!
Like we said this trail was not quite a bed of roses for the little one, and was pretty challenging.
To keep the little one away from getting frustrated, we added two fun elements at this point.
A. One of her favorite rhymes Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (One fell of and bumped his head) Yes, this was deliberate 😉
B. A Surprise in the Ball pit at the end of the trail (Picture at the end)
So with all those Buck ups, the girl is all set again….
It was completely her own choice to want to step on each and every cushion and pillow. You see how much opportunity you have for a sensory input 🙂
She actually doesn’t know what is inside the Ball pit.
Tip: Do ensure the surroundings are safe BUT please do not run to your kid every time they slightly appear to be falling off. Let them get up on their own and regain their physical strength and push it more to achieve the challenge. Enable them with ‘you can do it’ attitude. Perform the activity with them and have a lots of fun
TAA – DAAAAAA………..
Very very happy to meet a little Monkey in the Ball pit 🙂
Rings bell to the connection between the nursery rhyme in the background? 😉
What followed were a LOTS OF HUGS AND KISSES for Mr Monkey, and a happy sense of accomplishment for doing a ‘good job’ in performing the challenge 😀
We would love to hear your comments on how these ideas went for your little ones, and what did you add or remove from this cushions trail activity to make it more fun for your baby 🙂