Closely related to the enveloping schema, but with its own distinct character, the enveloping schema is about creating boundaries.
Closely related to the enveloping schema, but with its own distinct character, the enveloping schema is about creating boundaries. If you notice your child likes to climb inside small spaces, such as a younger sibling’s cot, or a pet’s basket; if they tend to ‘fence’ things, cordon off areas, place trains inside the tracks instead of on them, fill the lids and jars (anything) with water - these are all ways of exploring boundaries and the enclosing instinct.
To support an enclosing schema at home is simple. Cardboard boxes are the classic enclosing activity - the bigger the better! Turn your delivery into a knight’s castle or an exploding cake. Hide and seek is another easy way to enjoy the enclosing instinct. For fine motor development, fill different containers with water or sand to see how heavy they are (some bonus maths included), make ice cubes with different liquids or bake muffins in moulded silicon trays, or sort beads, gems or construction pieces into boxes or trays.