The psychomotricity space that we create at home must be creative for the children, in a way that supposes a discovery for them.
The desire to play wakes up through the presentation that the adult makes of the spaces and materials of psychomotricity. Click here to see our psychomotor products catalogue 0 – 12
We can enjoy all kinds of material, flashy and safe available for the room. This type of psychomotricity material creates a playful, comfortable space that makes it a wish for the little ones.
We have to adapt the methodology to the created space following a maturing process and some rules so that the game guarantees an optimal development and a place to have fun.
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In the psychomotor room, we can create a ritual space of entry (1) and exit (5), where children take off their shoes, get comfortable and follow the adult’s instructions. Once prepared we will get ready to play with the materials of the room.
If we take that moment of play with the children to enjoy the sensorimotor pleasure and the discharge of tensions, it can be very convenient to organize the psychomotor room and articles to promote sensations of balance, imbalance, jumps, falls, suspensions, spaces to climb, walk, run, throw, etc. This type of sensations are based on the sensorimotor game (2).
After spending some time enjoying these sensations, we can add colored cushions, ropes, rings, toys, fabrics, clothes, costumes and all that kind of material to enter the symbolic game (3), where the language appears, while the child is disguised and transformed, begins to develop everyday situations or their imagination through these materials, gestures and other objects.
We have to show interest in what children know how to do, respecting all its aspects and the rhythm it has in each of them. It should also be borne in mind that, if the child goes at a slower pace, for example “in the jump”, the materials can be placed in such a way so that they have to make more jumps during the circuit, thus reaching progressive situations, of adaptation and evolving spontaneously until the proposed objective can be achieved.
We can motivate children to play through a story, a song, video, etc. It is very important to generate ideas and we have the option of being able to introduce them in some current subject or others that are working at school.
The novelty and color of articles and spaces triggers new emotions and experiences in children, making their sensorimotor and symbolic game richer and more varied.
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In the created room, we must have a corner for the cognitive or construction game (4). This is where children will begin to build, paint, manipulate, play with modeling clay, experiment and everything that is related to moving from the emotional experience of spaces prior to cognitive representation, to favor access to operative thinking (order and reorganize their mental representations). It is appropriate to place a blackboard or mural for children to paint and represent the games they have made.
There are different methods of working in the room, but the best one is the one that is based on the child’s motivations.
In any case, in a psychomotor room and through play, children can:
– Overcome learning difficulties, mobility, socialization, moods, and much more.
– Enhance all your skills.
– Lose and overcome your fears.
– Increase your self-esteem.
– Learn to work together.
– Love school.
– Disengage from mobile telephony.
– Boost your creativity.
– Prepare for new school learning.
After the signal to finish playing, the child goes to the exit corner (the same area where the entrance ritual is performed), tells the adult everything he has done playing in the room or space and prepares to leave room. It is important that, after playing, children help tidy the room.
PHASES OF THE PSYCHOMOTOR ACTIVITY.
(1) Entry -> (2) Sensorimotor game -> (3) Symbolic game -> (4) Cognitive game -> (5) Exit
*** We recommend ALWAYS using the same area for both Entrance and Exit.
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