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Tuesday 1st December

Tuesday 1st December 2020

Good afternoon everyone,

Can you believe we are in December already? This term is flying by.

Today in nursery children were busy outdoors practicing their ball skills.

If I had to recommend one toy that every child should own, I would probably suggest a ball. Balls are wonderful because children can use them in so many ways. These ways change as children master new skills and learn new concepts.

At this age, ball play helps children develop grasping skills, hand-eye coordination, tracking, finger muscles, and the ability to move objects from one hand to another. They also learn timing and eventually graduate to collaborative and competitive play

All children benefit from and usually enjoy rolling, catching, kicking, dribbling, and tossing a ball. A ball is an inexpensive, readily available, and versatile toy.

Balls really are must-have toys. You can even introduce them to your baby as very early on babies gravitate toward things that roll. Your baby will be fascinated by a ball's continuous movement. Balls allow children to feel in control of something other than their own movements. They help build balance skills and allow babies and toddlers to practice transferring an object from one hand to the other.

Rolling or throwing a ball back and forth is a way to build a social bond between two people.  This simple turn-taking game is also an introduction to the concept of cause and effect.

Today children enjoyed discovering a ball's abilities and the different effects of bouncing, rolling, tossing, throwing and kicking it.

You can even use balls indoors if you choose a small soft one like a “wiffle ball”.

We love ball play at Children’s House, there are so many different kinds available and you can never be bored if you have a ball to play with.

There are still have some places left on the Learning in the Early Years session, which will be delivered through Zoom on Friday 4th December at 10am.

If any parents/carers are interested, please email:

parentalengagement@towerhamlets.gov.uk

You will then be sent a Zoom invitation.

I really recommend this course.

Have a good evening.

Learning in the Early Years - Course for Parents

Practicing our ball skills

Sequencing "Whatever Next" by Jill Murphy

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