Wallabies

(2 – 2.5 years)

Duration: 45 minutes

Most Wallabies are confidently climbing, running, jumping and balancing. They easily negotiate steps – up and down, and can stand on one foot to balance.

Now each hemisphere of the brain can control the movements of each side of the body, in coordination, and by 20 months, many can actually move their body parts on their own.

Hand development is quite dramatic at this age, with good control of pencils/crayons. They enjoy puzzles and more complicated activities with the use of eyes to guide the hands. Movement of individual fingers is still restricted, but they are more able to participate in finger plays.

Wallabies are ready for the next stage of development – laterality. Using limbs individually. The ball and small equipment activities at this stage require far greater skills than previously.

Dances are sequential now, in an endeavour to help children move and┬áthink. Some of our songs and exercises are still quite slow to allow their new body awareness to be perfected. We introduce the ‘crocodile’ movement during the massage session due to its importance in body coordination and of course reflex inhibition.

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