S: OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR INFANTS
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1: SAFETY FIRST! Provide effective SUPERVISION. Plan developmentally appropriate experiences Maintain and check all playground equipment Adjust for seasonal factors Make sure Off Site locations are safe!
6: Why Should Your Baby Be Outside? Even though your baby might not even be walking yet, it's good for him/her to see, smell and hear different things. The different colors, people, and sounds will help stimulate his senses. Even the feel of air at a different temperature can be good for babies.
7: THE VALUE OF OUTDOOR PLAY Outdoor Physical activity is important for infants to develop properly. It gives them the opportunity to learn, grow, and explore their environment. Letting your little one spend time outdoors opens their world to a wide variety of sensory experiences. Your infant will have the chance to stimulate their senses by feeling the sunshine on their face, feeling the wind blow through their hair, listen to the birds chirp or see the trees tower above. Outdoor physical activity will help your infants sleep better and it can be beneficial if you want them to grow to become healthy, active adults.
8: Four principles for designing outdoor spaces for infants First, allow a wide range of movement .I infants need a relatively confined space which is “gentle for crawling, kind for falling, and cool for sitting” Second, stimulate the senses. Look first to nature to provide a variety of experiences, such as wind blowing music chimes, light filtering through trees, and surfaces of different textures: grass, sand, water, leaves and rocks
9: Third, offer novelty, variety, and challenge. Infants need to be gradually exposed to novel objects, sights, and sounds, as they become comfortable with old ones. Fourth, address safety and comfort. Safety is the number one concern of adults who have been entrusted with the care of children.
10: Keep in mind that not all children are at the same developmental level at the same time! Don't forget children with special needs have to enjoy fresh air too.
12: EXAMPLES OF OUTDOOR PLAY ACTIVITIES FOR INFANTS | 0 – 3 Months o“Sit outside with your baby near a tree where he can watch the leaves moving, hear the leaves blowing with the breeze, and enjoy many other nature sounds.
14: "3 – 6 months Lay down the child on a blanket outside and let him stretch and role around on a soft spot outdoors.
15: 6 – 9 Months Create a path on the ground using assorted textures(such as carpet squares, rugs, and soft blankets) for the child to crawl along and explore large motor skills and sensory simulation
16: "Blossom by blossom the spring begins" | It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away.
17: 9 – 18 Months Give the children assorted large lightweight balls and invite them to explore what they can do with them. Blow bubbles and let the children try catching them ;the children will love chasing the bubbles!”
18: Time in nature helps: develop motor skills improve memory foster creativity keep obesity in check improve attentiveness decrease restlessness reduce stress
20: Nothing Is So Beautiful As Spring
21: Getting your child to spend time outside is EASY! Pull back your hair and grab your child's hand, it's time to head outdoors! Even if it's only into your backyard, there's no end to things your baby can discover: a blade of grass, the bark of a tree, a warm stone, or even a wet leaf.
22: There are a variety of activities that you can do with your infants to ensure that they get enough physical activity
25: CREATED BY: Esmat Al-Zubdeh, Hannah Oladepo, Indira Roy, Joysree Bhattacharjee