Gross Motor: To continue practicing your child’s balance by using sensory and music to promote large muscle movement (i.e. feet and legs).
This is an activity that will encourage toddlers to create paint designs on paper with their feet as they dance to music.
You will need:
- Large pieces of craft paper
- Masking tape
- Plastic trays
- Tempera paint
- Background music
- A bucket of soapy water
- Before the activity, cut out a length of paper and affix it to the floor with masking tape to prevent it from curling. Pour some tempera paint onto a plastic tray.
- At the beginning of the activity, talk to your child about one type of music and different ways they can move their bodies to the music. Keep sentences short and simple. Use words such as “slide your feet, gently stomp feet, close your toes”.
- Let your child experience different actions and the actions mentioned in Step 1. Your child will be more confident in large muscle movement through body awareness.
- Ask your child to remove their shoes and socks and help to roll up pant legs.
- Put on some music (or music your child likes). Toddlers imitate others; you will first dip your foot in paint and watch your child imitate you. Then, walk or dance on the paper, exploring the different markings you both can make with your feet.
- Provide positive comments to your child’s exploration, you can broadcast your child’s actions. For example, “Gabriel, you’re making big blue circles with your foot”.
- When your child is finished, dip their feet in the soapy water to wash off the paint, and dry off with a towel.
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Some children who require mobility devices need more opportunity to build physical fitness. These tips help your toddler develop physical strength.
- Floor mat
Consider taking your toddler out of the mobility device and laying your toddler on the floor with some pillows for support
Use fabric painting material (burlap or canvas) to help your child move with out damaging the paper (if needed)
Encourage your toddler to move their body by saying "I like "I like how you slide your feet up and down" or "Now try stomping your feet"
Show your toddler that you are putting paint on your feel and start moving your feet on the paper or fabric (i.e. stomping your feet). Encourage your toddler to do the same by commenting on their actions out loud, for example "I like how you stomp your feet"
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you take your toddler out of their mobility device
- Your toddler will develop full body balance
Nurture, Explore & Share
- if your demonstrate to your toddler how to move safety with paint on your feet
- Your toddler will want to paint with their feet too
- Move and dance with your child through paint exploration.
- Learn hand-eye coordination through dancing in the paint.
- Strengthen trust in adult-child relationship.
- Allow your child to explore many ways to move their body.
- Be more open to trying new ways during an activity.
- Increases body awareness.
- Taking turns imitating each other’s body movements using paint
- Build confidence in following your lead and directing play.
- Large muscle areas are developing through touch, sight, and physical movement.
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
- Challenge your child’s creativity to use their feet to draw something they see outside or nearby.
- Play music regularly as part of your everyday routine. Label the different musical styles as you introduce new music to your child.
- For example, “Listen…this is the sound of jazz music” supports awareness. Feel free to move to the beat to encourage you and your child to imitate each other (i.e. swaying, marching, tip-toeing).
- Wiggle by Doreen Cronin, and Who Hops? by Katie Davis
- From Head To Toe by Eric Carle
Everyday Moments: Play Time