We continued to play with pathways this week, including drawing pathways, moving in different paths and different ways, and moving instruments in different pathways. Following different paths, and drawing lines in large, swooping motions, on large paper on the wall or outside with chalk, hopping, jumping, turning...When we do them in class, with the appropriate music, we're helping your child develop an awareness of musical contour which leads to melody and, eventually, sight reading and singing skills. These activities also help your toddler develop their motor skills and coordination, leading to eventual success in sports, dance, or just in walking without falling, something that definitely takes practice for the 1 yr old!
Here are some great gross motor activities for toddlers-and some of them aren't bad for parents, either!
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