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I locate myself

Here, your children will be exploring a long circuit: crawling, climbing up and down, moving backwards, and so on. They can also find their way through a maze, build huts, look for hidden objects, and do other motion-based activities that call on their bodies in a way that will help them situate themselves in space physically and mentally.

For young children, exploring and integrating space is inseparable from developing motor skills, language skills, and a notion of time. All these skills are part and parcel of the child’s intellectual development.

1. Motor circuits

Children explore space with their bodies in these motor circuits: crawling, weaving in and out, moving forward and backward. Since 2 to 3 year olds have not yet acquired the skills that older children have, there are two circuits, one for the little kids and one for the big kids.

2. Maze

This maze is composed of partition walls that are low enough to ensure that the children can see their surroundings and not be frightened. Yet finding their way through the maze is not so simple: the children will have to find their bearings and not let themselves be discouraged as they look for their way out.

3. Giant foldouts

Organising one’s own space makes it easier to apprehend it. In this game, the children manipulate simple geometric shapes to create small spaces their own size in which they can then hide.

4. Giant pawns

Spatial representation is a difficult abstract exercise but it is fundamental for your child’s development. Here children first locate hidden objects on a model and then find them in real space. To do this, they must establish a relationship between a place and its representation. They also learn in this way to situate themselves in a space represented on different scales.

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