Observe the child while sitting and trying to access desired objects from varying orientations.
Once the infant is in sitting, the adult can play a “find the toy” game with the infant. Take a favorite toy and hold it up for the child to “find.” Say, “Where is it?” When the child retrieves it, clap and say, “Find it again.” Move the toy behind the child. Repeat moving the toy to different locations in relation to the child.
The infant uses body rotation to both sides, as well as scooting in sit, and leaning to the sides without falling over.
Help parents understand how movement games build the child’s motor skills, confidence, and willingness to explore. Encourage the child to move on his own around the house, rather than being carried. He wants to keep the adult in sight, so he will follow her. This will pay off later, as the child gets heavier! The child learns that he can be independent.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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