“The first step in movement is grasping…and soon as the hands grasp something, consciousness is called to the hand….”- Maria Montessori, Education for a New World.
Work of intentional grasping started around week 10 for Anika. Check the signs of readiness on this post. Apart from some of her favorite rattles, I observed she loved grasping my clothes, her clothes, my jewelry and my hair 😀 I would classify the below items as beginning grasping tools as most are easier to grasp than a rattle too. So, here are some common everyday items she enjoys refining her grasping skills with….
So today at week 13 here are all the items we have been working on to refine her grasp. She loves them and everyday I see her grasping is becoming more refined. I did introduce ‘ring on ribbon’ mobile as well but she batted it more than grasp it. I put it away, perhaps she will be ready for it in few more weeks. We are currently rotating our old mobiles, which she now loves to bat 🙂
Materials that we have used: