At the beach, play games such follow the leader and looking at footprints.
What You Need:
What To Do:
1. When you go to the beach, show your child the footprints that are made when she walks on the sand.
2. Compare the size of her footprint with the footprints of other family member. Talk about which footprint is biggest or smallest and which is in-between.
3. Play follow-the-leader. Make a trial of footprints and ask your child to follow the trail. Count her steps as she follows the trail.
4. Ask her to step softly in the sand and look at her footprints. Then ask her to jump up and down in the sand. Talk about the difference in the two sets of footprints. For example, “When you jumped, your footprint got deeper.”
1. Make handprints in the sand. Encourage your child to make different designs in the sand using her handprints.
2. Have your child make a footprint and handprint next to each other. Ask her how the footprint and handprint are alike or different. For example, you can talk about numbers of toes and fingers, their length and shape, and what feet and hands help us do.
Safety Alert: Never take your eyes off your child while she’s playing at the beach or near a swimming pool. Your child’s top-heavy head may cause her to fall forwards into the water and not be able to get up. Children can drown in just a few inches of water.
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