Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Snap, Crackle, Pop

What could this baby gain from a simple encounter with bubble paper?

There is much to be said about engaging the senses and the implications this type of exposure has for future learning. Each time a baby hears, smells, touches and encounters object, neurons grow and develop in the brain. Sensory information is banked and with each new encounter the baby remembers the previous information that was stored and again new learning occurs. This is referred to as "cognitive bootstrapping" Karyn Wellhousen 2001
A sheet of bubble paper has a great deal of possibilities for learning.
 When Jenna was placed on top of the bubble paper she stretched out her arms and a few of the bubbles exploded, making enough of a popping sound to catch her attention.
Curious to find the source of the sound, she sat up and began to press her finger to the bubbles. Again she heard a pop (Cause and effect).  After pressing several more she bounced up and raised her arms in triumph.

Although she could not speak her message was clear "I did it!"

1 comment:

  1. Sensory activities are very important for the baby and toddler. This age of children, they are still curious about the environment around them. They will develop their brain and learn different new informations from hears, smells and touches the objects that around them.