Children love hearing their name in this song! Sing the song using your child's name to the tune, "This is the way we comb our hair, comb our hair, comb our hair..." Try singing the song while dressing your child today: "Emily is wearing a blue dress, a blue dress, a blue dress. Emily is wearing a blue dress all day long." Repeat using the words: shoes, socks, etc.
Today's activity presents a new way to be creative! Give your child a small container of water with baby bath liquid in it. Locate a small round brushes with a wide handle, (sometimes used to clean vegetables). Put the brush in the water and do circular motions on the patio, deck, or garage floor. Scrubbing helps develop fine motor skills, which are important for writing.
Children love to play with blocks! Block play prepares your child for math concepts. Add new blocks, (different shapes) to the "Block Corner" in your child's play space. Engage with your child in building some simple towers or structures. Your child may only be interested in watching you build a tower and then knocking it down. Whatever your child wants to do is fine. Building with blocks will stimulate developmental skills over the years!
Rhyming enhances brain development. Place your child facing you on your lap. Move back and forth to the rhythm of your words:
"Tick, tock, tick, tock. (Repeat)
Hickory, dickory, dock
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,The mouse ran down,
Hickory, dickory dock. Tick, tock, tick, tock." (Repeat)
Your child is developing gross motor skills and being creative at the same time! Tape a large piece of paper to the driveway or garage floor. Put primary color paints in two small containers. Use toddler paint brushes. Let your child paint using two colors.
Children love playing in their own private spaces. Open the sides of the cardboard box and let your child explore the new space. Place block towers along the openings for your child to knock down, while travelling in and out of the box. Join your child and read some books inside!