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How to Play with Your One-Year-Old (page 2)

How to Play with Your One-Year-Old

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Updated on Dec 20, 2011

Gross Motor Development

Gross motor skills are those that involve the large muscles that enable your child to walk, kick, sit upright and throw. Now is the time for major gross motor development!

  • Before your child begins to walk, let him use you as his jungle gym. Crawling and scooting around and across you as you lay on the floor is a great toddler workout!
  • Give your child the opportunity to practice walking on soft and safe surfaces such as grass or carpet. Don’t be afraid to let him fall: this is how he will learn and it will give him “baby steps” practice at working towards a goal.
  • Use a variety of wheeled toys to push, pull or ride. This makes movement just a little more fun for little ones.
  • Once your child is steady on his feet, play a game of "move like the animals." For example, ask him to hop like a kangaroo, crawl like a kitty or jump like a frog!

Playing with a one-year-old is as simple as using the objects around you in ways that stimulate growth and development. You don’t need fancy toys; just use ordinary household objects and enjoy exploring them with your little one. The world is new and exciting to him. Be part of his discovery and you are both bound to have many exciting adventures as you play!

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