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Gross Motor Skills
The GYMINI® Duet encourages your baby to lift his head as he lies on his tummy, looking at the clear colorful images on the mat or in the mirror (which encourages him to keep looking at the reflection of his face), thus strengthening his neck and shoulder muscles.
The dangling toys entice your baby to reach out to them. He stretches his hand out to the side and … finds himself on his back, having successfully rolled over. As your baby reaches out and bats the toy with his hand and later with his foot, he strengthens and develops his muscles.
Starting around the sixth month, the lights and music touch pad entices your baby to press it to play the music, practices shifting his weight to one hand and leaning on it.
Fine Motor Skills
The toys hang within hands reach encouraging your baby to reach out and bat at them, at first randomly and gradually more intentionally as he practices and develops hand-eye coordination. He will later explore the various stimuli on the mat and practice holding toys of various sizes and shapes. This is how he practices opening and closing his hand, pulling and pushing and later coordinating both hands.
The GYMINI® Duet Activity Gym provides a range of cause & effect activities: As your baby bats the toy causing it to swing back and forth, as he thumps the lights and music touch pad with his hand, causing the music and lights to play, as he tugs at the toy car in front of him to see him jitter or makes the dog dance, he learns the connection between his actions and the effects they cause.
From the fifth month, babies begin to relate to the disappearance and reappearance of objects from their field of vision, such as when lifting the beetle and seeing the image underneath, thus creating an enjoyable peek-a-boo game.
Babies' ability to sooth themselves is dependent, at least in the beginning, on outside help. The special structure of the The GYMINI® Duet, with its crossed arches, reminds your very young baby of the soft round protected structure of the womb, soothing him. In addition, the classical music played by the musical lights & music touch pad, fills the air with soothing sounds.
Listening to classical music contributes to the development of your baby's language skills. Both music and language consist of a series of sounds that make up sentences. In the first case, the sentence is musical, while in the second it is verbal. In both cases, the brain absorbs the series of sounds, organizes them and gives them meaning. The GYMINI® Duet offers quality classical music, which when listened to over and over, also stimulates the part of the brain responsible for language development.
The GYMINI® Duet Activity Gym stimulates your baby's hearing with classical music, and sight as he looks at the colorful dangling toys in front of him, and the contrasting color images on the mat that are age-appropriate for his vision. While your baby lies on his tummy, the contrasting colored images encourage him to remain on his tummy for a little longer, thereby strengthening his neck muscles. The GYMINI® Duet soothes your baby with classical music and its special protective arched structure. These soothing elements affect your baby's growing ability to calm himself.
The GYMINI® Duet stimulates a variety of senses: Your baby's hearing is stimulated with classical music and cheerful tunes as well as a range of other sounds made by the various toys. The colorful mat with the contrasting color images, the mirror and colorful dangling toys surrounding him stimulate his sight, while the assorted textures (textiles and soft plastic) stimulate his sense of touch. The GYMINI® Duet contributes to gross motor skill development by providing fun stimuli for your baby while lying on his back or on his tummy. The colorful images on the mat and the mirror encourage your baby to lift his head in order to see them, strengthening his neck and shoulder muscles. Finally, as he lies on his back, encouraged by the dangling toys to reach out with his hand, he bats the toys and causes them to sway back and forth, and to even practice his grip. This is how fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination are developed. When your baby bats at the toy causing it to swing back and forth, he learns the connection between his actions and the effects they cause. The quality music has a soothing effect, which favorably contributes to your baby's emotional intelligence. And listening to the classical music contributes to the development of your baby's language skills.
Baby's developing senses enable him to play and enjoy the various types of music and sounds that are emitted by the toys and the mat (whistling, rattling and so on). Flipping the side of the mat over reveals new and interesting stimuli for your baby to look at and watch, as well as to enjoy the flashing lights on the light & music touch pad. Your baby's developing sight allows him to clearly see the toys hanging close by, as well as those hanging further away. He develops his sense of touch when he grasps a toy and explores it with his hands and mouth, or strikes and caresses the various stimuli on the mat. As your baby lies on his tummy, he looks in the mirror and enjoys the reflections, as well as his own, strengthening shoulder and neck muscles. The dangling toys urge your baby to reach for them. He stretches out his hand and … finds himself rolled over on his back. From baby's fifth month your baby will begin to hold the dangling toys. He will shake them cheerfully and bring them to his mouth for further exploration. From around the sixth month, the light & music touch pad stimulates your baby to thump it to play the music or to pull the jitter car with his hand, in this way practicing shifting his weight onto one hand and leaning on it. The music sooths your baby, contributing to his emotional intelligence. In addition, the mirror allows your baby to lie on his back as well as on his tummy to see the face of the baby reflected back at him. As he looks at himself, he learns about the structure of the human face, which is the basis of his self image. The GYMINI® Duet offers several cause & effect experiences, such as shaking the toys, tugging on the sun (to see how it shrinks back), or activating the light & music touch pad. When your baby lifts the flap on the mat he reveals the squirrel hiding beneath (appearance-disappearance), creating an enjoyable peek-a-boo game. Listening to the classical music contributes to the development of language and looking into the mirror encourages your baby to babble at the baby in the mirror (himself), and babbling is the foundation on which language is built.
Your baby lies or sits on the activity mat, explores the various stimuli with his hands or mouth, developing his sense of touch, or activates the lights & music touch pad to listen to the different tunes and watch the flashing lights for developing his senses of hearing and sight. Activating the lights & music touch pad entices your baby to crawl to reach them, developing gross motor skills, and pulling on the jittering car and playing with the other toys develops a variety of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Your baby learns about cause & effect when he causes the music to play and the lights to flash when thumping the lights & music touch pad, and how pulling the jitter car and letting go, causes it to "drive" forward. There are hidden animals on the mat for your baby to find, creating enjoyable peek-a-boo games and learning about object permanence.