Give your Child Daily Opportunities to Use Large Muscles
Collect safe toys and equipment to help you child develop large muscles.
Let your child spend time outdoors and have space and freedom to use large muscles.
Join your child in active play.
Give your child opportunities to use large muscles indoors.
Additional Ideas: Play a CD or tape and invite your child to move to the music. Try different ones to find your child’s favorite. Join your child in moving to the music. Check with a music store to see if they carry children’s tapes or CDS that are intended to encourage children to move and use their large muscles.
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Activities you can do with your child:
· Teach your child the “ABC” song.
· Have your child tell a story to a family member.
· Help your child draw a picture of your family members.
· For one week, look for things that are brown.
· Make a necklace using dental floss and cereal like Cheerios.
· Help your child begin to learn their address.
· Put on some dance music and dance with your family.
· Exercise with your child. Count the number of circles or hops.
· Ask your child to help set the table and count the items.
· Have your child draw a picture or write a note to a family member about something for which they are thankful for.
· Go to the grocery store and have your child help pick out items for a Memorial Day picnic.
· Make a picture or decoration for Memorial Day.
· Say a word to your child and ask them to say words that rhyme.
· Play hopscotch with your child.
· Have your child use the pictures in a book to tell or retell a story in their own words.
Suggested Books for Four and Five Year Olds
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood
Shake My Sillies by Raffi
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Hi, Clouds by Carole Greene
Down Comes the Rain by Franklin Branley