This classic song continues to be a favorite with children! March and sing this song with your child:
"HOT CROSS BUNS! HOT CROSS BUNS! ONE A PENNY, TWO A PENNY, HOT CROSS BUNS.
ONE FOR MOMMY, ONE FOR________(CHILD'S NAME). ONE A PENNY, TWO A PENNY, HOT CROSS BUNS."
This fun activity will help develop fine motor skills. Locate a flashlight that screws together. Show your child how to screw the parts together. Show your child how to take them apart.
Play doh provides a wonderful opportunity for your child to develop hand muscles, which are important for fine motor. Working with play doh prepares your child's hands for writing. Give your child a rolling pin with the play doh and help with rolling the dough. Place plastic or wood figures in the dough.
Brain development is connected to movement. Be sure that you provide ample time and a place for your child to practice gross motor exercises. A safe place for climbing, running, jumping, and other gross motor activities is important. Look around your house and yard to identify places that provide opportunities for gross motor skills. Play Musical Chair with your child. Place a small chair in the middle of the room or in the yard. Play some fast dancing music for your child to run, jump, and dance around the chair. Mute the music periodically for your child to sit in the chair before resuming the exercise.
This fun painting activity provides a wonderful gross motor opportunity for your child. Put a small amount of paint in a roller pan. Help your child put the paint roller in the paint and show your child how to roll the paint onto the paper. If this seems too messy, try having your child roll the sidewalk or garage floor with water today!
Clap hands with your child as you recite this poem! The verses may seem silly to you but children love to hear and feel the rhythm of poems! Rhyming is an important pre reading skill. "PEASE PORRIDGE HOT, PEASE PORRIDGE COLD, PEASE PORRIDGE IN THE POT NINE DAYS OLD. SOME LIKE IT HOT, SOME LIKE IT COLD, SOME LIKE IT IN THE POT NINE DAYS OLD."
Scrubbing will help develop your child's upper body strength and eye/hand coordination. Some children scrub for long periods of time. Show your child how to put the scrub brush in the soapy water and scrub a muddy rock. How long did your child spend scrubbing the rock?
Children this age enjoy experiencing the results of their actions. Place a large light weight rubber or plastic wiffle ball on a baseball tee. Show your child how to swing a wiffle bat and hit the ball off the tee. Enjoy watching your child learn a new skill today!