This simple and fun activity helps introduce math and literacy to your little one.
What You Need:
- Soft or rubber balls of various sizes
What To Do:
- When your child is able to sit up on her own, sit on the floor with her. Have your feet touching or almost touching her feet.
- With two hands, roll the ball toward her. Describe what you are doing. For example, “I push the ball and it rolls to you!”
- Next, have your child roll the ball toward you.
- Use different-sized balls for added learning opportunities.
- Use vocabulary words like: large, small, roll, bump, fast, slow, spin, twirl, pass, back and forth, around, between, behind.
- For variation: Alternate between rolling and bouncing the ball or experiment with rolling other objects such as small cars or trucks.
! Safety alert: Be sure balls and other objects are large enough that the child cannot swallow or choke on it.
Adapted from Baby Steps to STEM by Jean G. Barbre
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