Early-learning games from 0 to 3 years

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Based on montessori

Promoting your child's development from 0 to 3 years old

Playing with your child isn't just for fun. Through play, you'll discover and explore together an enriching and fulfilling relationship you never knew existed. Your child will sense the importance and priority you give him, which will help him to be happy and confident.

0 to 3 years

Child development through play

Child playing with shapes

Play is an essential factor in children's learning. Indeed, walking, jumping, running, climbing, crawling, pulling, etc... Allows children to get to know and master their bodies. 

The first few years are the most important, as the experiences they have will influence their intellectual and emotional development.

What is Montessori pedagogy?

Children learn the rules of the game

In 1908, Maria Montessori was a world-renowned physician and pedagogue, known for her philosophy on children. Her pedagogy is a teaching method based on self-confidence, autonomy, encouragement and gentle learning through experimentation.

The role of the adult :

Offer the child a rich, attractive and structuring environment that allows him to do things on his own.

Child:

Children acquire greater autonomy because they choose what they want to do. They learn more easily and develop at their own pace. 

 

Tip to follow

All the proposed activities are based on Maria Montessori's learning method. Please read the following points carefully.

Sensory tour

A sensory pathway made up of various textures helps your child develop his or her sense of touch. In fact, this pleasure is enhanced tenfold in young children. 

 

You will need :

  • Cushions in different sizes.
  • Bubble wrap 
  • A doormat
  • A carpet

Try to diversify your materials. 

  • 1: Make a path

    Place cushions, rugs, paper, bubble, etc. in a straight line on the floor to create a path, alternating materials and surface sizes.

  • 2: Lead by example

    It's important to always lead by example. Show him the way you want him to cover surfaces (arms outstretched for better balance).

  • 3: Come and take your turn

    Let your child try

  • 4: Help him

    Your child will probably need help at first: hold him by the arm (under the armpits) or by the hand.

  • 5 : He can do it!

    If he can do it on his own, that's great! But always stay to one side, without moving too far away, as he may lose his balance!

Variants :

  • Follow the sensory route in one direction and then the other.
  • Add surfaces as you go 

Balance

As your child's balance develops naturally, it can be stimulated and strengthened with this balancing act. 

You will need :

  • A skipping rope or chalk 
  • Little space required 
  • 1: Find a suitable location

    Whether you're indoors or out, make sure you have some space around you.

  • 2: Straight line

    If you're using chalk, draw a straight line on the floor. If you're using a rope, simply lay it on the floor.

  • 3: Lead by example

    One foot in front of the other, arms outstretched, looking straight ahead.

  • 4: In turn

    It's your child's turn to try. Let him do it on his own.

  • 5: Help him

    If your child needs help, hold his or her hands to move forward in a straight line.

Variants :

  • Adapt a line to your child's level(straight line, curved line, staggered line, etc.).
  • You can try the same thing, but this time with a bit of height, on a low wall, an upturned bench or a tree trunk.  

The little mover

The little mover's challenge consists in moving a tower built with cubes, then rebuilding it further away. This little game develops coordination and strength, and introduces the alphabet and mathematics (one cube + one cube = two cubes) in a fun way.

You will need :

  • Cubes (preferably with letters) 

If you don't have a letter cube, you can write letters or even numbers in felt-tip pens. 

  • 1: Build the tower

    Before you start, build a tower numbered from 1 to 10, starting with the cube numbered 10, then 9, 8, 7 and so on.

  • 2: Tell a story

    Tell your child a story about how today you're going to move a big tower together. It could be the Eiffel Tower or another monument (whichever you prefer).

  • 3: Beware of damage

    Of course, care must be taken not to drop it.

  • 4: We're moving together!

    Let's get started! The two of you start moving the tower. It's best to count at the same time (one, two, three, etc.). If you're using letters, spell out the alphabet.

  • 5: Moving on my own

    Once your child is doing well enough, let him do it on his own. You can still count or spell with him.

Variants :

  • Make a staircase instead of a tower.
  • Use color cubes (perfect for learning colors). 
  • Use cubes of different sizes to make the game more complex. 

Roulé-boulé

Roulé-boulé, the simplest game in the world and so much fun.

Throwing or receiving a ball can be difficult for a child. But rolling it? 

Developing motor skills is child's play! 

You will need :

  • A ball 

Any type of ball is needed, as long as your child can roll it.

  • 1: Observation

    Children tend to take the ball in their hands and then drop it to the ground. Place a ball on the ground and see what your child does with it.

  • 2: Sit facing your child

    Stand in front of your child and sit with your legs apart.

  • 3: A ball that rolls!

    Roll the ball by pushing it gently towards your child and analyze his or her behavior.

  • 4 : Several possible situations

    If your child rolls it back to you, you've won! If he doesn't throw it back to you, but catches it, that's already a very good start. Stand next to him and roll the ball by pushing him (while explaining the gestures you're making).

  • 5: Encourage him

    It's not always easy for a child to discover new things. But with encouragement and a few demonstrations, they'll succeed.

  • 5: Sit down, both of you

    Sit down with your child, face to face, legs apart, and roll the ball between his legs. In turn, ask him to throw it back to you.

Variants :

  • Roll the ball to the left and then to the right, enabling it to act in space and follow trajectories. 
  • Place empty bottles side by side and roll the ball to knock them over (home bowling). 

The basin of water

After playing the roué-boulé game, the next step is to throw a ball accurately into a basin filled with water .

This will further develop your child's coordination.

Using a basin filled with water helps avoid a bounce into the target and makes the game more fun.  

You will need :

  • A ball or a ball
  • A basin 

Any type of container will do, as long as it's big enough to hold a ball. 

  • 1: Place the basin of water

    Place the water basin on the floor. If you're indoors, remember to place towels around it to avoid falling as a result of the balloon splashing.

  • 2: Lead by example

    Stand in front of the bowl and drop the ball into the container.

  • 3: In turn

    Pick up the ball and hand it to your child to do the same.

  • Step back

    Once successful, take the ball back and throw it into the bowl. Invite your child to do the same.

Variants :

  • Use different types of ball
  • Place several containersof different sizes 

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