Play Australia has put together a fantastic “toolkit” document, well worth a read, that delves deeply into loose part play if you’re interested in learning more.
Loose part play doesn’t mean dangerous play. While you want to encourage your child, be mindful that there’ll need to be a certain level of supervision. Kids will be kids. In their excitement they won’t always recognise hazards. They probably won’t appreciate that broken items need to be thrown out or replaced, or that a ladder leading to the highest tree in the garden may not be the best decision. Guide your child’s play into a realm that offers maximum creativity but also appropriate safety (although a little bit of risk can be a great thing for learning about boundaries!). Check their loose part collection - and the area they’re playing in - with your adult filter on, making any adjustments needed to facilitate a positive experience. This could be by removing nails from a piece of wood, sanding down sharp edges to avoid injury, or keeping smaller objects, like beads, away from younger children who might be inclined to pop them into their mouths!
Oh, and perhaps be ready to throw things away secretly… if your child is anything like mine, they will mourn the loss of any item. Even if it has been so loved, that it’s now in tatters!
Here’s a video that demonstrates loose part play simply, so you have a visual and can get started today.
Happy loose part playing!
0-12 month development
Is it possible for newborns to sleep too much?
Author: Cassie Shortsleeve
Naturally, newborn babies sleep a lot, usually between 14 and 17 hours every day. Generally, newborns sleep up to 8 to 9 hours in the daytime and up to 8 hours at night.
Although some babies need just 15 hours of sleep a day, others will naturally sleep for around 18 hours a day. This variation is completely natural and is not a cause for concern.
One downside is that although your child will sleep all day, you will not sleep through the night. Babies have small stomachs, meaning they must wake every few hours to eat. Most babies don't start sleeping through the night (6 to 8 hours) until at least 3 months of age.
The original article to learn more about newborn babies’ sleep patterns.