Could there be a more educational infant toy than this one? Watch a 9 month old baby (on two different occasions) exploring the wonders and intricacies of a simple kitchen tool we wouldn’t give a second thought to while rinsing pasta or washing grapes. This is an example of the kind of independent play and experimentation that builds strong minds, long attention spans and encourages a love of learning.
Note the baby’s choice to roll on the floor while she plays with the colander, even though she has attained more “advanced” motor milestones like sitting. This physical versatility, fluidity of movement and general sense of comfort in one’s skin are apparent in babies who have been allowed unrestricted movement, given lots of floor time, and trusted to move when ready from the back position.
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I share more about the benefits of simple objects and self-directed, free play in Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting (now available in Spanish!)
(Filmed during a RIE Parent/Infant Guidance Class in Los Angeles)