Charlie Finds a Home - Crawling and crawling!
This week, our focus is on bodily movements! Right from Day 1 when our little ones first came into the world, they are always actively honing their gross motor skills as they repeatedly engage in and practice each and every single movement, including crawling, walking, running and jumping. Understanding the developmental chart that children typically undergo, we thus set up activities that would allow them to work their core muscle groups, both large and small.
During the previous session, most children had voted that Charlie, our main character in Charlie Finds a Home, would prefer to stay in a house made of bottle caps and bubble wrap. In favour of their choice, we provided each child with air-dried clay, bottle caps, bubble wrap and colourful pipe cleaners to build Charlie a house they think he would love! The materials they had may be simple, but what we emphasise on is not how fanciful or elaborate the final product is, but rather on giving children the autonomy to make their own decisions throughout this creative process, freely choosing where, how and what to use to build the house they envisioned in their minds.
Importantly, during this entire session, the kids worked their smaller core muscle groups as they pulled, pinched, rubbed, smacked, and pressed; and their larger muscle groups as they crawled, squatted, swang and stacked.
Coincidentally, I got to meet and befriend a plant enthusiast online, and as I stumbled on her social media post speaking of her encounters with snails in her own garden and asked if she could keep the snails for me. Snails are nocturnal so it can be hard for children to observe how snails behave in their daily lives. I hope that by bringing the snails in, children could go up close and interact with the snails and observe how snails move. Through this provocation, we want to encourage children to use physical movements to communicate, as well as understand what it means to be gentle and kind to the smallest of creatures.