Baby Play: Roly Bowl-y!

Jun 29, 2012

Roly Bowl-y!

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Ageapprox. 6 months to 2 years

Materials: A metal bowl (the shallower the better.. if you don't have a metal bowl a plastic one will do) and a ball

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Baby can tip and move the bowl to make the ball roll around

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Turn the bowl upside down. With a metal bowl, baby can see their convex reflection. 
Sit the ball on the top and watch it roll down, over and over.

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Spin the bowl for baby so the ball whizzes round and round very fast

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The surface is slippery. It is hard for baby to grasp the ball.
What great fine motor and hand-eye coordination practice!

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Try multiple balls. Different colours, different sizes.

Baby is Learning:

- Fine motor skills
- Co-ordination
- Eye tracking (following an object with their eyes)
- Hand and eye coordination
- Cause and effect (ie. tipping the bowl makes the ball move towards the lower side)
- Expectation
- How to move objects
- About things that roll
- About reflecting light
- About rounded surfaces
- How to grasp objects on a slippery surface
- Emotions. Enjoyment & excitement.
- How to grasp small objects
- What to do
- Sensory. Sight, reflection, light, touch, rounded edges, smooth surfaces etc.

Handy Tips:

Simplify this activity by just showing baby the movement of the ball in the bowl. If they're not sitting, give them some tummy time looking at themselves in the upside down ball. Roll the ball down the side for them. Sit them in your lap and let them tip the ball and try using a ball that your baby can hold in one hand.

Extend this activity for older babies by encouraging them to make the ball whiz around without it flying out. Talk to baby about the colours of the balls, the reflection of the metal etc.

Mix it up by providing different sized bowls and balls. How many balls can whiz around at one time?

Praise baby for their efforts

Repeat this activity as often as you like as babies (and children) need repetition in order to consolidate their learning and understanding

Talk to your baby about what they are doing. This will help them begin to understand the physical and mental processes they are going through as well as helping develop their vocabulary.

Give your baby your time. It's the best gift you could ever give them.

Happy playing,
Debs :)

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  1. Adorable contest winning photos! What a darling baby with beautiful eyes. Thanks for sharing on We Teach! Carolyn

    1. Aww, thanks Carolyn! Babies (well, kids in general) I find so difficult to photograph as they are forever moving. So glad you thought the pics came up well. Thank you. Debs :)

  2. Coming over from WeTeach to tell you that I LOVE this idea! How simple, yet it touches on so many skills for baby. I really like how you showed specifically what this activity can teach the baby as well as tips. Awesome! :)

    1. Thanks Becky, how kind. So glad you could drop by :)

  3. What a wonderfully simple idea. My kids are too old for this now, but my nephew isn't so will try it with him next time I baby sit. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. You're welcome :) It's always the simple ideas that are the most effective, aren't they? :)

  4. Forget about at home! I'm going to use these ideas with my 1-year-olds where I teach!!!!!!!!!!! They are adorable and so easy. It's great that you explain what the activities teach. We degreed teachers know all the "good stuff." But I think it's helpful to parents who haven't studied child delopment. Thank you for the ideas and my compliments to all you mom's out there working with your children. When your kids start school their teachers will love that they have had such a great education at home! It is so important that parents are their children's first and lifelong teachers.

  5. Great! I hope you will continue to have similar posts to share with everyone

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