Undertaking object focused play, take some preparation.
First, think about setting up a regular schedule for this activity with your child.
Try to make time each day for at least three 90 minute sessions.
Try also to enlist another person with whom the child is familiar to share in the play schedule.
In this case, Cuccia is playing with his sisters. All of this will create a consistent routine.
Conduct your play sessions in a room that is part of normal household activity, such as a family room or living room. If that's not possible, then the child's room is an alternative. Locating the structured play environment in family areas encourages others to take part and for play to occur more often.
The activity area should have boundaries however, to help focus the child's attention. This can be achieved through the placement of furniture, mats, or other large objects.
There are ways we can make the activity area child friendly and support his playwork. This is important because your child can provide an organization that reduces chaos. It's up to you to do it. Toys can be modified to make the goal of the activity more visually apparent. Toys should be out so your child is encouraged to initiate play on his own, but limit the number of available so it's not cluttered and confusing. It helps to group toys that are similar. Make sure that toys are whole and complete, not missing parts or broken and it will help greatly if you yourself have a duplicate set, which you can use along with your child.
To help focus the child's attention on the activities you will conduct, eliminate distractions in the field of view, such as mirrors and Windows. Also, televisions, radios, and computer monitors that are on will interfere with your efforts as well as phone calls. All of this not only distracts it disturbs the flow and continuity of your work.
You will see how a rhythm begins to emerge during your sessions.
In object focus play We begin by establishing a firm foundation. There are three primary elements that if established will make learning significantly easier for you and your child. As a parent
- You will need to learn how to cultivate your child's attention.
- How to teach your child imitation skills
- and how to maintain your child's motivation throughout your play sessions.
By mastering these skills, you're setting the stage for learning through object focus, play.