Fortunately, there are many fun and
write. Below are a few developmental
little ones grow.
1 Year Old
The;first;year;of;life;offers;incredible;de-velopment in every way. Putting your
baby on his tummy to play and look
time include these: building head and
neck control, strengthening upper ex-tremities, and using the back’s extensor
muscles to push up against the force of
Crawling or rocking on all fours
should also be a development that occurs
Another way to work on core
tion with the back unsupported. Sitting
months and forces a child to work his
a workout. Clapping or banging blocks
together improves trunk strength and
body awareness. Your baby will de-
velop a sense of his midline (where
2 Years Old
teract with siblings and relatives. Parents
and siblings can foster gross motor skill,
strength, body awareness, and coordi-nation;by;playing;games;such;as;Simon
Toddlers love to go to the park and manipulate playground equipment. When
turn on the music for a round of freeze
dance! The movement will be good for
Handling Bingo markers, ripping colored tissue paper, or building with blocks
some dough aside for the kiddos. “
activity that strengthens tiny fingers.
Crawling through fabric tunnels or
Self-feeding will continue to be the
developing a child’s grasping patterns
and hand strength for writing. Parents
may want to introduce use of a small
A mass grasp is an immature grasping pattern
that often is seen between 1 and 3 years of age.
By 2½ or 3 a child should be encouraged to
hold the crayon with a brush grasp. This is
seen when all fingers are touching the crayon
but pointing down at the paper.
A tripod grasp is a more mature grasp and
begins between 4 and 5 years of age.