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Early Childhood: The Obstacle Course.

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Team Presentation Summary Early Childhood: The Obstacle Course The developmental period known as early childhood ranges from the years two to six. These years are often called the play years. During this time play flourishes and supports all of the phases of life. Early childhood has many physical developments like body growth, brain development, and motor development. During this time both gross and fine motor skills develop dramatically. Children can walk upstairs with alternating feet, ride a tricycle, and even catch a ball with their hands. They can also put on and remove simple clothing items, feed themselves, and draw their first pictures of people. For our team presentation we chose to do an obstacle course designed for a two to six year old child. The obstacle course consists of six activities that deal with cognitive and physical development. For the activity we chose a three year old boy named Christian. He is called CJ for short. The first activity is throwing hoops over a cone. ...read more.


Our fourth obstacle is also dealing with colors. There are three cones setup. Under each cone is a car. Two cars are blue and the other car is silver. CJ's job is to find the silver car. He must look under the cones until he finds the silver car. Next is another physical activity. CJ must stand a certain distance, measured by a piece of tape, from a bucket. The object is to throw the three balls into the bucket. This tests the development of arm motion and coordination. Finally, the last obstacle deals with conservation. Conservation is the idea that physical characteristics of objects remain the same when their outward appearance changes. This comes from Piaget's preoperational stage. We had two glass filled with the same amount of liquid. CJ was asked if the two glass had the same amount. Next we poured one glass of liquid into a bowl, and asked if they had the same amount or if one had more. ...read more.


For the activity where CJ had to find the silver car, there could be two blocks and one ball under the three cones. The child's job would be to find the ball instead. The conservation task could still be completed. The child would simply have the feel the glasses and the bowl. They could feel the liquid and size of the containers and try to develop an answer. If a child were in a wheelchair, most of the obstacles could still be completed. The scooter activity could be done with the exception that the wheelchair would be used instead of the scooter. The obstacle course is great fun for the children, while testing their physical and cognitive development at the same time. This course is better suited for school because of the size. The children need room to move around and it is too much to set up at someone's home. It also needs to be a school area that is wheelchair assessable. Also, it can accommodate more children when done at school and it is a great way to test developments in early childhood. ...read more.

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