We have categorised all Activities listed on Our Little Treasure into Developmental Areas for ease of use and to assist you with choosing appropriate activities for your child. Most of the Planner Activities are designed for use with children over the age of 1 year, but many can be easily adapted or modified for use with babies.
The Developmental Areas we use are as follows:
These activities help your child to develop thinking, problem solving and reasoning skills. They provide opportunities to question and/or test a task or their environment.
Activities covered in this area promote things such as speech, vocabulary and reading development. Your child learns to use and understand new words, improve their reading skills, or continue to develop the way they pronounce letters, words and sentences.
An activity in this area is designed to assist your child with relating to others, both children and adults. They are able to practice working with others and sharing a common goal. These activities also help your child to understand where they fit in both their immediate world and the world surrounding them in the greater community.
These activities promote children's self-esteem and feelings of self-worth. They offer children a chance to begin to understand who they are and how they feel. This activity type assists children with problem solving right and wrong, and how they feel about these concepts.
Fine Motor Development
Activities promoting fine motor development refer to continually improving strength in the small muscles used for hand control, which are essential in writing, drawing, painting and cutting.
Gross Motor Development
These activities offer children a chance to develop their larger muscle skills, used in activities such as running, jumping, skipping, rolling and walking. They also promote competence with hand-eye coordination and balance.
Children's Attention Spans
Be aware that children have differing attention spans which vary significantly with age. The younger the child, the shorter the attention span. As a general rule an average time frame can be worked out as follows, your child's age (in minutes) + 2. For example, if your child is 2 years old, the average attention span for an activity would be about 4 minutes.
Don't be disheartened! If you make an Activity enjoyable and engaging enough, you will have your child's attention for a lot longer than that.