Clamber Club Blog
I Can Do It Myself

I Can Do It Myself

From an early age, a child’s search for independence is energised by the desire to make things happen and to feel capable and competent. A young child’s opinion about their capabilities is, to a large extent, based on their environment provided, and on their parent’s and caregiver’s responses. In the context of lifelong learning, self-regulated learning is an important competence.

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Colic in Babies – Enough to make you scream!

Colic in Babies – Enough to make you scream!

We estimate that Colic affects 15 to 25 percent of families. I use the word families on purpose here because the effects of colic are not just limited to the baby; everybody in that household (be it mom, dad, or siblings) are, to some degree affected by the change in the family dynamic when an inconsolable baby is dropped into the mix.

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The Sense of Movement

The Sense of Movement

Everyone knows how important a diverse set of experiences that stimulates all five of our senses is for development. We encourage children to touch, taste, listen, look, and smell all of the things in our environment. These tactile senses are critical to our development allow us to explore and make sense of the world. But have you ever thought about your other senses?

The ones that help you move, keep you upright and let you know where your limbs are? In this blog we explore the proprioceptive system that makes it possible for us to be aware of our own movements and to perceive the location of our body parts in space without a visual reference to them.

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How Do We Get Back To The Village?

How Do We Get Back To The Village?

But, the past century has drastically changed the concept of community, no matter if you live in a rural area, a suburban neighbourhood, or an urban metropolis. Families no longer co-habit as intergenerationally as they once did, especially as the appeal of the nuclear family began to increase.

Add to that the fact that extended families often fracture and live further and further apart. We are so caught up in the reality of constant “busy-ness” that  we don’t even take time to get to know our neighbours.

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Let Them Play. It’s Their Job!

Let Them Play. It’s Their Job!

Active play is such an important part of preschool children’s lives, as it builds up their self-confidence and increases their emotional well-being – physically, socially, emotionally, and developmentally. As we all know, active play is the work of a child and a major contributor to the holistic development in young children.

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We Love to Read!

We Love to Read!

Taking the time to read to a child can help them to discover the joy of reading. Whether it’s reading a story to little ones at bedtime or enjoying a novel together with an older child, parents and families can help boost children’s reading ability and, in turn, their learning potential.

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Early Reflexes in Babies

Early Reflexes in Babies

A reflex is an involuntary movement or action their little bodies take in response to their own movement or something in the environment. Reflexes control all of those things that our body needs regulated so that we don’t even realise we are receiving information, such as heart rate and breathing. Some reflexes occur only in specific periods of development and then are integrated naturally.

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Eye-Hand Coordination Games: Water Bottle Skittles

Eye-Hand Coordination Games: Water Bottle Skittles

Eye-hand coordination is a crucial ability that lies at the core of many academic, sports, and life skills. It is a vital skill for school success because it allows children to use their vision and muscles to perform tasks such as writing, drawing, tying shoelaces, or catching a ball. In this blog, we’ll show a how to play water bottle skittles and other fun eye-hand coordination games.

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Strengthening Little Fingers and Hands

Strengthening Little Fingers and Hands

Hand strength is an important area of development.  Kids who struggle with hand strength may have difficulty with grasping a pencil, colouring, holding, using scissors, attaching a seatbelt, squeezing a glue bottle, opening, and managing food containers or tying their shoes.  However, there are tons of creative and playful activities for kids that can target hand muscle strength. We explore one of our favourite activities in this blog.  Try it with your little ones…we promise that they’ll have heaps of fun! 

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