Cardboard Box Play

The children are always looking to explore new things. Throughout the week, we set up different provocations to encourage the children to play. One particular day we presented the infants with a large cardboard box and laid it in two different positions. During one instance, we laid the cardboard box right-side-up and filled it with multicolored plastic balls, and later on the teachers turned the box on it’s side and put a few small toys inside. The children responded to the box when it was on it’s side in a more positive way than when it was placed right-side up. The infants crawled inside the box and played for several minutes. Some children even enjoyed pushing the cardboard box and moving it around the room. 

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Children learn by exploring their environment. It’s one of the first steps they take in learning about objects and in learning how to solve problems. We’ve noticed that infants are particularly fascinated by what things look like from inside, how things work and how things are made. By allowing children to explore their environment, they get to practice skills like pulling up, standing, crawling, walking, climbing, and running. Moreover, exploring allows for the growth of intelligence and physical growth for infants. Their intelligence grows because learning about the world encourages them to use their senses to understand how things are different from each other and how they work. Additionally, infants physical growth grows because they are allowed to walk, climb, and develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they move around to learn about their world.

“Almost anything can spur your child’s imagination, including everyday objects. This is becuase they use them as symbols. Children are learning that one thing can stand for other things.”Kim Wallace

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