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

    • He knows the difference between safe and dangerous
    • She's becoming more social with other kids
    • Good eye-hand coordination means he can build with blocks and tuck a stuffed animal into bed

Dance 'til You Drop

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Most toddlers love to express themselves through music and dance. Provide your toddler with an opportunity for creative body expression, with a fun twist.

Materials

  • Variety of music, such as rumba, waltz, polka, rock and roll, square dance, and so on
  • Cassette player
  • Large area for dancing

Instructions

  • Tape-record a few minutes of each type of music, allowing enough time to enjoy the tune and do a little dance. Tape one song right after another, so the music plays continuously.
  • Turn on the music and stand in the middle of the room.
  • When the first song comes on, dance to the music, and encourage your toddler to dance with you.
  • When the music changes, change your dance to match, and encourage your toddler to change with you.
  • Dance until you drop.

Safety

Be sure the room is cleared so you don’t crash into anything while you’re dancing! Take breaks if you get tired.

Learning Skills

  • Balance and rhythm
  • Body awareness
  • Creativity
  • Listening skills
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