Book Title: Maxi Sensory Play: Birth to 24 Months
Publisher: Julie Hack
Author: Julie Hack
Maxi Sensory Play, Birth - 24 Months is a concise and easy to read Handbook for parents and childcare workers wanting to know... * what a baby is expected to learn and achieve at specific ages across the milestone development spectrum, * what activities parents can play with their baby so their baby learns and achieves particular skills. What is different about Maxi Sensory Play, Birth - 24 Months, is that it includes over 650 sequential learning play activities and has over 60 visual and cognitive stimulus cards which are shown to a baby at the most opportune time, that is, when a baby is ready to learn a particular skill. The monthly dot point list of what skill is expected to be learnt covers gross and fine motor skills, visual development and cognitive learning, hearing and language development and social and emotional development. Age specific tactile activities are also included. Following this dot point list are the play activities which are aligned with a specific milestone. The stimulus cards include, for instance, 4 black and white designs. New borns prefer simple, well ordered, black and white patterns to colour. Varied coloured cards are introduced to a baby when babies a more colour aware. Other examples are depth perception awareness cards, visual tracking, spot the difference, visual discrimination, including graduated size, block/object and outline matching. From Birth - 12 Months the book is divided into monthly age groups. From 12 - 24 Months the book is divided into 12 - 15 Months; 15 - 18 Months and 18 - 24 Months. Neuro-science and child development literature indicates that the sort of learning opportunities a baby is exposed to will greatly influence a baby's learning power. Put simply where there is low input of sensory experience a baby's synapses, or "brain wiring" is slowed down. Conversely, "brain wiring" is strengthened in babies who have been given the opportunity to experience age appropriate play. An early start to this is laying the groundwork for future learning and achieving. Maxi Sensory Play, Birth - 24 Months concise list of monthly developmental milestone achievements and its corresponding activities will help maximise a baby's learning when a baby needs to learn a particular skill.