Sensory play for Babies

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It's exciting to see a baby emerge from the shell of sleepiness and into the world of awareness; a transition that becomes more obvious as she mimics a smile, tracks movement above her head, or is surprised by sounds. One of our family's favorite activities for tactile awareness is to gently billow and twirl a colorful scarf above and over the baby's head, bringing huge … [Read more...]

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In case you're wondering what happened to TinkerLab this week, I'm on an early mini-vacation at the hospital for the arrival of little girl #2!  At 36 weeks, our baby moved into a breech position, and after trying everything under the sun to turn her -- External Cephalic Version, spending hours on a slant board, swimming, chiropractic adjustments, long walks, acupuncture, and … [Read more...]

Day One: Documenting Passion

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I'm spending the week documenting my child's interests. Check out yesterday's post for more information. Day one Going on stroller rides. My otherwise stroller-hating child has been interested in this since we arrived at the Grandparents' house.  Here, she's not only patient with the activity, but she will actually climb into the stroller on her own accord and ASK for a … [Read more...]

Be the "Guide on the Side"

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In the world of education, sage on the stage is a phrase that's sometimes used to describe the all-too-familiar scene of the knowledgable teacher delivering lectures to passive students who memorize information for the sake of spitting it back out again on testing day.  This method of teaching assumes that the child is an empty vessel, waiting to be filled with information, and … [Read more...]