One Thing for Babies
MILESTONE: Babies learn to roll between 4-6 months of age.
- Position baby at one end of the blanket with his head above the edge of the blanket
- Slowly roll your baby wrapping him up as you go
- The roll the other way to unwrap him out of the blanket
One Thing for Toddlers
- Make a balance beam with a board or tape a line to the floor
- Have her step on an off a pillow, cushion or folded up comforter
- If your toddler is ready, you can practice walking up and down the bottom step of the stairs or on and off a step stool (with you nearby)
One Thing for Preschoolers
- Stand with his eyes closed and sing his favorite sone
- Stand on one leg
- Walk across the room on his tippy toes.
- GAME: Place a bucket (container / basket / box) filled with items at one end of the room and an empty bucket at the other end of the room. Use a bord, the edge of a rug, or even a line of tape on the floor. Encourage your preschooler to walk on his tippy toes to the bucket. Pick out an item. Walk the line on the floor to the empty bucket and drop it in.
- Obstacle course. Allow your child to design a balance obstacle course with squishy surfaces (pillows), balance beams, ramps and more! Be sure to check it out for safety before he begins the course and stand by if needed.
One Thing for Parents
Take some time to take a breath, to prioritize, and figure out how to get everything in balance for today. In order to give balance to our kids, we need to find some for ourselves. Take the time you need to take care of yourself so you’ll be better able to take care of you child / children.
Remember the most important thing isn’t the blanket wraps or the obstacle course. The most important thing is that you are there for your child.