What does a child need to learn to walk and coordinate?
Time and space, nothing else. Play is the child's main activity in early childhood and is functional to psychomotor development. If left free to follow his own instinct to move, at any age and skill level, the little one will become master of his own body.
The quantity and quality of motor exercise will be essential for harmonious and functional growth. Thanks to movement, the child discovers not only the surrounding world but also himself. Through the relationship with the environment, in fact, he knows objects, surfaces and develops his own will, in addition to the intellectual skills necessary to grow. Movement and free play thus become a source of joy and satisfaction and guarantee psychophysical well-being.
The child who has had the opportunity to exercise by playing and exploring the environment in freedom will be a child aware of their abilities, their limits, will be able to manage their body in various environmental situations by "controlling" the danger well. Awareness, in fact, goes hand in hand with prudence: a conscious child will very rarely put himself in dangerous and inadequate situations, because he is able to evaluate his own abilities and the risks of a situation. For example, a year-old baby who has had the opportunity to practice the movement for a long time and freely is very likely to stop in front of the step at the top of the stairs to evaluate how best to proceed to descend. We could see him advance with his hands and then stop, turn around and put one foot down to go backwards instead of frontally. We have made for coordination skills The Sway Rainbow it is an exciting toy for a child, it can be used in several ways and for different games. The Sway Rainbow develops child's imagination, as well as cognitive and physical abilities. These are mechanisms of evaluation, observation, judgment, prudence that demonstrate awareness of one's body, its limits and its possibilities. The adult will have to deal with obstacles or dangers not foreseeable by the child, to be managed without interfering with his exercise. In fact, once the child has conquered walking, he will begin to work to become more and more skilled and precise, continually placing himself in new and stimulating situations: walking backwards, climbing, somersaulting, sliding, hanging, jumping, etc.
In the natural or artificial environment, the little one, left free to express himself physically, will build increasingly complex opportunities for exercise and play based on his own interest and desire for discovery. In nature this setting is already predisposed: uneven terrain, climbs and descents, roots protruding from the ground, walls, fallen tree trunks, gravel, sand, mud offer a panorama of varied and quality opportunities, without the need for interventions by the 'adult. Such discovery experiences can be anticipated in an artificial context in a "reduced" format, for example by using the ZUZU Climbing Triangle, a wooden structure that allows the child, even before learning to walk, the first explorations of creative movement to become familiar with your body in relation to the force of gravity. Our ZUZU climbing Triangle combines much more – toy, playground, seat, house or hideout, absolute fun and laughter, development, freedom, entertainment – all in one for early childhood and functional to psychomotor development.