"Put your right foot in, put your right foot out, put
your right foot in and shake it all about!"
My twenty month son fell down laughing when he tried this
last part of the dance.
He popped right back up and looked over at me to see what
body part we were supposed to use next.
"Right arm!" I said to him, showing him which arm
We were at a birthday party consisting of mostly three and four year olds. My son decided he could do
anything that the "big" boys and girls could do. While he really couldn't, it was fun to watch
Gross motor skills are ones that requires the use of large
muscle groups to perform tasks like walking, balancing and crawling. By 15 months, toddlers should be able to walk
well. Between 18 and 22 months, your
child should be able to run, walk backwards, and walk up steps. By 2-1/2 years old, your developing child
should be kicking a ball and throwing overhand easily.
Picking activities and toys based on your child's current
level of development will instill confidence and give your child time to
practice these skills. It is also
important to learn what the next milestone is so that you can encourage your
child to work on these skills. Since
children this age often learn best by copying, the best way to teach your child
is by showing him!
Motor skills build on the previous one. So when your child learns to sit, she can
then work on pulling up to stand. After standing, she can take a step and learn to walk. Walking fast leads to running and then
jumping. Find toys and activities that
encourage your child to work on her next age appropriate milestone.
Here comes both our favorite part of the song..."Put
your whole self in, put your whole self out, put your whole self in and shake
it all about!"