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Float and Catch Lorina

Use a scarf to encourage baby to sit, grasp and vocalise. 

Materials Needed:

  • Assortment of lightweight scarves of different colours and patterns.

What to do:

  • Sit on the floor with baby sitting in front of you. Remember to provide pillows around baby if they aren’t able to sit unsupported as yet.
  • Give baby the scarf to touch and feel. Hold the scarf up in front of baby’s face and encourage them to look through it to see you.
  • Throw a scarf into the air and let it fall onto baby.
  • Quickly remove the scarf if it falls on the baby’s head covering the face.
  • Throw the scarf into the air again.
  • Point to the scarf to encourage baby to look up.
  • Encourage baby to “reach” or “catch” it as it floats into their arms.

Hints and Tips:

  • Put on some music and throw and catch the scarves with your baby in time with the beat.
  • Play peek-a-boo and cover your face with a scarf and let your baby pull it off.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 6 to 12 months
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4), Large Group (5 or more)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    - Able to sit up (with support).
    - Bounces up and down while holding your hands.
    - Starts to lift themselves up onto arms.
    - Holds onto objects.
    - Grasps objects with whole palm.
    - Reaches for objects.
    - Laughs when amused.
    - Attempts to say “words”.
    - Babbles different syllables.
    - Enjoys listening to music.
    - Makes gurgling noises while playing.

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Exploratory Play, Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Family Games, Gross Motor Skills, Manipulation Games, Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 1, Learning Outcome 3, Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    LO1 - Children Have A Strong Sense Of Identity

    1.1 Children feel safe secure and supported

    LO3 - Children Have A Strong Sense Of Well Being

    3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

    LO4 - Children Are Confident And Involved Learners

    4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity cooperation confidence creativity commitment enthusiasm persistence imagination and reflexivity

    LO5 - Children Are Effective Communicators

    5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

Created On January 1, 2015 Last modified on Friday, February 6, 2015
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