Updated: Jun 19
When it comes to design, you need to create something that is flexible, movable and able to serve your child's changing needs.
Here are some things to think about....
1 : One example of a mistake I made when we set up our place..
( young and inexperienced then....still young though)
This boring balance beam :
....it is actually used for Gymnastics Training.
Gymnastic training sounds fun..!!!!!
But what did we do? We made it as part of the obstacle course. Where the children just walk across to please us. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth......They looked bored!!
BUT what should we have done? Firstly the purpose of the balance beam activity is to improve our VESTIBULAR SENSE ( our sense of balance). NOT to create BOREDOM.......
This is what we do nowadays:
Objects that can be move around
Enabling a variety of obstacle courses set up
This also discourages rigidity
Do go through the various types available....
Some you have to buy.....however others look simple enough to be made (DIY)
SEE PICTURE 4 BELOW
2: The Items must be Changable for VARIETY
Something like those in the pictures below. However avoid showing your child everything at one go. Maybe you can alternate the activities weekly to avoid boredom.
3: Try not to buy all the equipment at one go
This too will prevent boredom and gives you time to figure out what is REALLY needed.
Many parents have excitedly bought their children toys such as see-saws......only to see them using it once......
4: Use the floor space CREATIVELY
By playing floor based activities. These activities should also be removable to allow for a variety