Wednesday, May 8, 2013

2013 Week 15: Tatty Bumpkin's POSE for the Week is GROWING FLOWER!

By Sue Heron – Training Co-ordinator Tatty Bumpkin and Paediatric Physiotherapist

The activity of this week in Tatty Bumpkin classes is GROWING FLOWER POSE; in the sessions your child will go on an adventure with Tatty Bumpkin to rescue ‘Little Flower’ taking her away from the road building to a place where she can grow and flourish.


Grow from a tiny seed into a beautiful flower. What colour are your petals?

How To Do It (What to tell your child)

Start by curling up in a tiny ball like a tiny seed. Make raindrop noises by drumming your fingertips on the floor in front of you. Now start to grow! Raise your hands above your head, with your palms touching. See if you can come up into standing without using your hands. Once you are standing up, spread your arms out to either side like flower petals and say ‘hello’ to the sunshine.  Now think about the colour of your petals – are they purple, red or spotted?


Younger Children- Note to Parents

Younger children may find it hard to stand up without using their hands. As an alternative they can stop growing in kneeling! In this position they can either sway side to side with their hands together above their head (see picture) or spread their arms out wide as petals.
Sway side to side as Little Flower in the wind.

Why it is ‘Good For Me’

'Growing Flower' pose will help your child to:
  • Progress their muscle strength - when your child does this pose they will be strengthening both their leg & arm muscles
  • Improve their core stability - as your child rises to standing they will be activating their core muscle groups i.e. their hip, abdominal & spinal muscles, as they spread their arms out wide they will activate their shoulder muscles
  • Balance skills – growing flower pose gives your child a great opportunity to develop their balance skills as they rise from curled position to standing especially if they do not use their hands to help themselves up from the floor
  • Imagination & creative thought – encourage your child to think about the colour of their petals and to imagine what kind of flower they are and where they are growing i.e. are they a jungle flower, a mountain flower or maybe a spikey desert cactus!

Doing activities with your child is a great way to bond with them. Research shows that children, especially boys, bond with others when they move with them. Doing 'Growing Flower' pose with your child can be both fun and give you the opportunity to activate your core muscle groups and strengthen your leg and arm muscles. 

Make it Multi-Sensory, Educational & Fun

Through the magic of a Tatty Bumpkin class 'Growing Flower' pose can become both a multi-sensory and an educational activity. In Tatty Bumpkin classes we always try to stimulate a variety of senses, to add to the fun, give choice & to help the learning process i.e. in the class this week your child will be encouraged to wriggle on their tummy whilst looking at and investigating the ‘Little Flower’.

We construct the class to give children opportunities to both raise their ‘levels of alertness’ and to calm themselves, this prevents them from becoming either overexcited or bored, keeping them at the ‘just right level of alertness’ for learning.

All our classes are linked to the new 2012 EYFS framework meaning that your child will have the opportunity to progress in all areas of their development, giving them a truly holistic experience. 

Children love doing things together, by watching others they also learn a great deal – often finding out a better way of doing things.

Wrapping ‘Growing Flower’ pose inside a story, means your child will get involved in the story and find ‘Growing Flower’ pose and the other activities more meaningful and hence more fun to do. This week Tatty Bumpkin finds herself by a busy road, with cars and diggers all around. In the middle of this mayhem she finds 'Little Flower' wobbling on top of a mound of earth and 'Little Flower' needs her help! Tatty Bumpkin, always the thinker, finds a way to rescue the flower, taking her to a beautiful cliff top home where she can grow big and strong and watch her friends the dolphins play in the waves below. As always though Tatty Bumpkin will need help and ideas on this rescue mission!

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