How your 2 ½ to 3-year-old might play now

    • She enjoys mimicking the actions of those she knows
    • He creates simple sentences and uses the words "I, me and you"
    • She can hop, jump and climb stairs one foot at a time
    • He understands what "inside," "under" and "on top" mean
    • She can recall what to do when given simple instructions
Roller skates
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    Grow With Me™ 1,2,3 InLine Skates™

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    Barbie™ Grow With Me™ 1,2,3 Roller Skates™

    Balance & Coordination Gross Motor Security & Happiness Self-Expression & Confidence

Help your child learn more:

    • Safety first. Help your child put on appropriate safety gear; make it clear that it's part of the process before skating.
    • Set boundaries of acceptable places to skate. Make sure it’s free of obstacles or cracks your child could trip over.
    • Balancing act. Set adjustable skates on the beginner's setting. Just as you helped your child balance when he was learning to walk, hold on now. Little by little, let him find his balance—the key to learning to skate.
    • Moving on. Soon, she'll be able to move forward, transferring weight from one foot to the other. Get ready to change the skates to the next setting.
    • Family fun. If you have skates, put 'em on and head down the sidewalk with your child; if there's a roller rink in your area, check it out together some rainy afternoon—it adds a different dimension to skate along to music and lights.

Copycat

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Your toddler is a great imitator—which is one of the ways he learns. Turn the tables on him and play a game of Copycat, where you do the imitating!

Materials

  • Your bodies

Instructions

  • Bring your toddler into the playroom and set him on the floor.
  • Sit down next to him, imitating his exact body position.
  • Every time your toddler moves or does something, do exactly what he does.
  • See if you can tell when he catches on to what you’re doing!

Safety

Stop the game if your toddler gets into anything dangerous and deal with the problem before you continue. Don’t tease your toddler or upset him with your imitating.

Learning Skills

  • Cause and effect
  • Gross and fine motor development
  • Social interaction
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