Category Archives: independence

Teaching Infants to Play and Learn

Infants and Toddlers are learning how objects are used together which is why they love filling and dumping so much. During this 7minute observation what do you notice about the adult’s role in supporting the baby at play? What is the child learning?

(Of note- this is the last five minutes at the childcare center before the school closes for the day. This infant has been cared for from 8am-5pm- the last adult you see in the video his his mother)

Please observe first without distraction- we will be watching again.

Now that you’ve seen the video, please take a moment to watch again asking:

  • how is the baby
  • how does the caregiver respond to the baby
  • what motivates the child
  • what can you tell about the child’s relationships
  • what did you like about the observation
  • what would you change

Next week we will be watching this video again with Pikler Pedagogue and RIE Associate, Beverly Kovach on Facebook Live. Make sure you “like” us and stay tuned for participation details. (

monkey bars

Torn, we sometimes feel the need to approach a well-meaning adult interacting on the center’s playground by requesting an opportunity to allow the child to work on her abilities without adult assistance.

Don’t help her on the monkey bars???  That’s absurd- can’t you see…

  • she can’t do it
  • she needs me
  • she will fall
  • she likes it

Tell me one good reason why I shouldn’t help her?

monkey bars

The monkey bars, similar to the fire pole and the playground swings, have become a rite of passage of sorts for the maturing child.  You can often find toddlers watching on as older preschool friends swing feet reaching to the clouds, spin hair twirling like a ribbon, or hang cooing like a monkey before moving on.

Adults might see the younger child struggling to climb aboard as helpless.  As the unease grows, it’s tempting to jump in and help the child be successful.

But at what price?

Let’s observe as an older toddler challenges himself to the Monkey Bars.

Why help him on the monkey bars???  Doesn’t he look…

  • focused and aware
  • confident and excited
  • secure in his risk taking
  • full of enjoyment
In time, with experience, with practice
he will continue to progress building up the strength, courage and confidence to
let go of one hand and
move forward.
“…in their own way, in their own time.”  -Magda Gerber