A ball pool can help your child develop fine motor skills and cognitive abilities. As your child is sat in the ball pit, he or she will learn to grab and pick up the bright colored balls, but since it is in your own home, you don’t need to worry about other children spreading germs to your little one. In addition, you can teach your child colors as they reach for the balls and challenge them to find a ball of a certain color.
What age is good for a ball pit?
Make sure that you check the age recommendation on a product before purchasing it or allowing your child to play with it. They are generally recommended for ages 6 months and up; toddlers can play in them. However, babies and toddlers should always be supervised by an adult during play.
Games to play in your home ball pit
Whether it is too hot to play outdoors or it is raining, a ball pit will keep your little one entertained year-round. Children enjoy playing games that are educational and enticing, so you can play them with them to both encourage development and keep them engagedAs mentioned above, a ball pit can be used to teach children the different colors. This includes:
Learning Colors: As mentioned above, you can use a ball pit to help children to learn the different colors. When your little one picks up a ball, you can teach them the color and ask them to find another of the same color. As they get a little older, you can even place several balls on the baby trampoline so they can watch the different colors bouncing around.
Counting: Children typically start to understand the concept of counting from the age of two, but it is never too early to start helping them to learn numbers. Using the bold colored balls will help to keep your little one’s attention as you count out balls. Stick to one, two and three initially, but even this will help your child to start to recognize the numbers. This can even be carried over to when they start using the trampoline.
Catch: The light plastic balls also make an excellent way to teach your little one to play catch. They will learn how to catch a moving object if you roll a brightly colored ball towards them. Just ensure that they don’t try to jump and catch.
Throwing: A ball pit at home is also a natural way for your child to learn to throw. Little ones can get very excited to see the balls moving in the pit as they move their arms and legs, so it is a natural progression to learn to throw.
Hoops: You can also help toddlers to learn to shoot hoops. Place a small plastic bucket at one end of the ball pit and encourage your child to throw balls into the bucket. This will help your little one to develop greater hand-eye coordination.
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