1st Sand Play & New Milestone – Ladder Climbing

Today was the first time Little E played with sand! She wasn’t too comfortable when she first came into contact with its texture, but it didn’t take long for her to get all four limbs buried in sand!

Today was also the day I realised she can climb a ladder independently. According to neurologist Lise Eliot, climbing is a skill children master incrementally, as they reach developmental milestones for various gross motor skills. Climbing tasks such as climbing ladders are complex tasks that require children to have good balance and coordination as well as enough strength to hold themselves upright while climbing.

Ladder climbing

 The age at which children are capable of completing these tasks is often heavily influenced by the child’s environment. Children with active parents who do not unnecessarily restrict them from practising advanced climbing, do help them to master their motor development earlier. These children usually start climbing playground ladders (supervised) by age 3.

Little E was 16.5 months old today.

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