7 - 8 Months

Week 34: Why it’s great to let your baby struggle with the Ball Drop Box

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At first, your baby will probably not be able to get the ball into the Ball Drop Box. It takes a lot of practice and coordination. Watch as baby Eric takes the challenge!

Here are some ways to get started:

  • Show your baby the ball, name it, then drop the ball into the Ball Drop Box in your baby’s view so that the ball quickly disappears, then reappears.
  • Help them try; if the ball misses the hole, see if they reach to try and get it.
  • Resist getting the ball for your baby right away—reaching across their body while sitting helps them develop balance and gross motor skills.
  • Your baby is practicing grasping and releasing on purpose as they try to drop the ball in the box (a skill they will continue to develop throughout their first year).
  • Have them experiment with the wood and felt balls. The wood ball reliably comes out of the box and makes a loud noise, while the felt ball doesn’t make a sound and sometimes stays hidden in the box.

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Posted in: 7 - 8 Months, The Play Kits, Fine Motor, Object Permanence, Montessori, Child Development

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