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Act out the movements of “Big Steps, Little Steps” with your toddler.

What You Need:

None

What To Do:

1. Act out the movements of “Big Steps, Little Steps” with your toddler:

Big steps, big steps, big steps. (Take long steps.)
Little steps, little steps. (Take small steps.)
Big steps, little steps. BIG STEPS!

2. After acting out the movements to the poem, have fun with counting. Ask him if he can take three big steps. Count as he does this. Then try a different number of steps.

Variation:
Repeat the following rhyme as you show your toddler how to jump up and down with two feet:

Jumping feet, jumping feet, jump, jump!
Up to the sky, away up high.
Jumping feet, jumping feet, jump, jump!

Safety Alert: As toddlers gain better control of their muscles and body, wobbly first steps soon become “I-can-conquer-the-world” movements. To prevent accidental injuries, make your home safer by putting safety-approved gates at the top and bottom of stairway and keeping the floor free of possible hazards that could cause injury if he falls.