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A Bit Beyond Reach

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Before babies start walking, they're building core muscle strength by stretching, rolling, and crawling. That's the perfect time for this activity. By placing a favorite object just outside of your child's reach, you'll encourage him to get to it any way he can!

How To

What You’ll Need:

  • Brightly colored balls
  • Board books
  • Stuffed animals
  • Favorite toy, or yourself

 

Lay your child on his stomach and place the object just beyond his reach. As your child stretches out his hands, rolls on his side, or crawls on his tummy toward the object, encourage him by smiling and clapping your hands. If your child gets frustrated, move the object closer.

Benefits

This Activity Helps Your Child’s Brain Develop:

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Sense of Touch
  • Social Skills