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Napkin Tent

Materials

  • DO NOT USE FLIMSY CREPE, ORGANDY, OR SILKY TEDTURED SCARVES. WHEN THESE FALL ON A YOUNG INFANT'S FACE, THEY CAN BLOCK THE CHILD'S NOSTRILS.
  • Large cloth dinner napkin

To Do

  1. Place a young baby on his back on a clean blanket on the floor.
  2. Place the napkin so that it sticks up like a tent, off to one side of the baby, but with in reach. (Most babies face their head to the right most of the time, so you might place the napkin onthat side.)
  3. If the palm of the baby's hand touches the object, his fist may close on it instinctively. The material is easy to grasp and the child can pull it over his face without danger and explorethis new object.

Observations

Observe what the child does when he notices the napkin or when he manages to grasp it.

Does he try to do it again the next time you offer it?

More Ideas

Collect different colors and patterns of napkins.

Emerging Skill

The child is practicing the instinctive skill of grasping something when the palm of the hand touches it. This can be quite exciting to a young baby because he is actually making something happen.Cognitive learning takes place when the child begins to notice this cause and effect. Gross motor skills are also involved as the child twists to one side and reaches out. Intentionally letting go isa skill that comes later. Watch for it to begin.

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