What you need...
This Activity Plan allows them to develop their moving and handling, or relationship-building skills, while exploring their PSED progress. It can be used for individual children or a small group of 2-3. Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this PSED activity today:
- A ‘baby room/area’ – somewhere without toddlers or older children.
- Toys, books and activities suitable for children under one year.
- Mirror or mirror card, small enough to be held easily and comfortably during the activity.
- A mat or cushions for you to lie on.
- A second adult to observe from a distance, as your observational skills will be hampered.
How to prepare...
Make sure the area is secure and safe for the child/children to be ‘left alone’. Arrange the cushions and/or mat in the centre of the area so that you can lie comfortably while using the mirror to easily observe the child/children wherever they may be playing in the play area.
Make sure toys and items are close enough for younger children to reach, if they are not yet crawling or mobile.
Have a second adult watching from a distance – far enough away to not be involved but close enough to supervise all the children in a way you will be unable to while lying down.
The activity process...
Lie in the centre of the activity area and allow the child/children to roam freely and choose what they would like to do. If children come to you then feel free to engage with them, but remain lying down. The interaction should still be led by the child, and if they then find their interest engaged elsewhere then don’t try and keep them focussed upon you.
Use the mirror to observe the children’s actions without interrupting their play.
The children may choose to go play with toys independently or involve you in either their movement around the space (using you as a handhold), or choose to sit with you rather than away from you. If the children try to involve you in their play, do so enough to allow them to enjoy themselves but little enough to allow them to be, as much as possible, playing independently.
Tracking the activity...
Physical Development: Moving and Handling: “Reaches out for, touches and begins to hold objects.; Explores objects with mouth, often picking up an object and holding it to the mouth.”
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making relationships: “Likes cuddles and being held: calms, snuggles in, smiles, gazes at carer’s face or strokes carer’s skin.”
Physical Development: Moving and Handling: “Pulls to standing, holding on to furniture or person for support.; Crawls, bottom shuffles or rolls continuously to move around.”
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making relationships: “Seeks to gain attention in a variety of ways, drawing others into social interaction.”