Wonder Crawl

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Designed for 0-18 month olds and their caregivers, Crawl is enclosed by the Crawl Wall, providing a protected space to keep babies in and older children out. The wall also serves as adult seating, allowing eyes on the gallery while staying with the baby. Activities include pressing buttons to hover objects in an air stream, things to spin, and mirrors, with a “dance bar” so babies can delight in their own dancing reflection. Crawl has a soft, washable floor, and furnishings covered with different textures. There’s also a separate area for playing with toys and checking out books.

When your child is playing in the CRAWL area….

The Crawl area features a variety of tactile activities, allowing babies and toddlers to play with materials, objects, and toys in many textures and colours.  For example, when playing with the Push Air Activity, they can watch as objects and fabrics rise up in a stream of air.  They can learn that certain textures feel and act in different ways, and some even make different kinds of sounds. 

Babies and crawlers can explore many soft furnishings and elements in Crawl, such as stairs, ramps, and crawl-throughs. These features encourage gross and fine motor development as infants and toddlers practice navigating the world and engaging in independent movement.  For example, when babies and toddlers use the Dance Bar, they can practice standing and walking on their own as they look at their reflection in the mirror.

Colourful objects, activities, and images are placed 50 cm or lower around the Crawl Wall, because this is the average height of a crawling infant’s field-of-view.

What does the research say?

Six-month-old infants are able to distinguish a causal event (pushing this button causes this colourful tube to spin) from a non-causal event, even though the events may occur at the same time.

Infants can successfully reach and grasp stationary objects around 4 or 5 months of age, a time at which they begin to predict the movement patterns and paths of moving objects.

Infants are born with a “stepping reflex”– they instinctively “step” when they are held under their arms and their feet are placed on a solid surface. However, this reflex disappears around two months of age, and doesn’t reappear until infants have developed the strength and muscle mass to walk.

If you enjoyed the exhibits in CRAWL, these activities let you continue your explorations at home

 

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