We all know the physical and health benefits of encouraging our toddlers to be active! But did you know that movement is actually a key factor in a toddler’s overall development? Through movement, toddlers develop good thinking and communication skills by exploring and interacting with their world. This also builds self-confidence because children feel competent when they use their bodies to express something and solve problems. Most importantly, your baby develops a close bond with you through movement because your baby’s desire to be close to and connect with you is what motivates him/her to move. So get moving!
Mondays and Wednesdays I choose one activity we did today from the Reaching Roses curriculum and share our experiences (starring my twin babies)
This week’s Theme: Vegetables
Activity Description: Bunny Hop: Bunnies love to eat carrots. Place some carrots (real or pretend) in the open around your home or garden. Pretend to be a hopping bunny going to fetch the carrots.
This Activity’s Main Area of Development: Gross Motor
Specific Skill: Hopping
O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 20 months + 3 weeks
1. To warm up, we read a book about rabbits who love to eat carrots. We had some bunny ears in our dress up box so we put them on and talked about how bunnies move (hopping). Then we sang one of our favourite songs as of late ‘Sleeping Bunnies’:
- Round One:
- Round Two: (It’s pretty much the same but I had to include it because they start singing which is so cute…
2. Next I put toy carrots around their play area and gave them each a bucket. I demonstrated how to hop like a bunny to get the carrots. I knew they would want to run so I reminded them that bunnies don’t run or walk, they hop (for simplicity). I actually demonstrated running to get the carrots and said, “Noooooo, that’s not how bunnies move!”, then I did the same for walking. Lastly, I hopped to get the carrots (I was much more out of breath than I’d like to admit!), then I said, “Yay! Well done Mommy, that is how bunnies move! They hop!”.
3. Time to get hopping!