When something becomes routine or familiar to young children, they respond to it better. So I like to start the day with a focused Table activity. For example, if I observed that their interests were trains, then I would set up a train table top. Chase and Gabriel now know what to expect in the morning which makes it easier for me to make breakfast and pack lunches, knowing that he is busy and engaged.
At first, I used a play table. But I realized that it wasn’t developmentally appropriate to expect them to use it properly. Here’s how they responded:
I knew I had to write the play table off for now. The solution? A round blanket! (You can use any Blanket.)
As soon as I set up the blanket the babies were already so curious about the new surface available for them to explore. It is also much safer. At the end of the day I just fold up the blanket and tuck it away somewhere! If you are like me and use your living room as a classroom, this is a great space saver!
I think enriching your play space with a new surface is important and actually improves the play experience for them! See below for more benefits.
Benefits of table top activities:
- encourages independence
- builds imagination
- promotes social skills-sharing toys and space
- space to practice or focus on skills
- improve attention span
- Adds to daily routine
- Prepares them for school
- Increases understanding of where and how to play (discourages dumping of toys everywhere)
- provides more opportunity to learn about cleaning up before starting a new activity
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