- To understand how children grow and develop.
- To enjoy children’s development and have realistic expectations of them.
- To provide children with age-appropriate activities.
From birth to 3 years old, a human baby goes from being totally reliant on their whānau to meet all their needs, to a little independent person wanting to do many things for and by themselves. They’ve become an active moving, climbing, running jumping and agile child.
So what are all the stages in between?
Depending on the comfort level of the group, you might like to try to get them to act as babies at different stages of motor development.
Ask the group to examine the motor development cards and read, think and talk about them. Then together put them into sequential order. Invite the group to use the resources available to check their thinking.
Resources to support sequencing could include
- SKIP Whakatipu booklets: ‘Pēpi says’ sections
- SKIP Tips for under-fives bookletOpens in new window
- Parenting Resource website developmental summaries (select an age and stage)Opens in new window
- Well Child/Tamariki Ora My health book: ‘Learning and growing’ sectionsOpens in new window
- Plunket: Thriving under five booklet: Each age has a section on ‘Development’, ‘Growing and learning’, and ‘Play and learning’.Opens in new window
- Motor development cards