- Demonstrate and assist your child in walking backwards and sideways.
- Place his favorite toys out of reach and cheer him on as he “runs” to retrieve it.
- Help your child to get in and out of a small chair.
- Play “bring me” games to encourage your child to walk and carry something at the same time.
- Hold your child’s finger around a large crayon and make strokes along the paper.
- Wrap small toys in wax paper or use tissue and encourage your child to unwrap the toy.
- Assist him in matching a picture of an object with the real object. Use magazine pictures or photos.
- While dressing, point to clothing or body parts and ask “What is this?”
- In picture books and catalogs, point to and name pictures for your child. Later on, ask him to name these and reduce assistance as you go.
- Practice unzipping a large jacket zipper.
- Assist in scooping with a spoon, decreasing assistance until your child is independent in eating with a spoon. Expect some spillage.
- Make a game of trying to put shoes on during dressing (either foot is acceptable).
- Song and activity records are enjoyable because your child can participate verbally and physically.
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