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Most kids love icecream, so it makes a good theme for colouring practice, especially in summer.
From around 15 months old your child can begin to learn how to hold a crayon. As they grow older they will learn to control finger and hand movements to make marks and scribbles on paper.
Draw a picture of an ice cream cone with three blobs of ice cream, like the one pictured above. Let your child make marks on the picture with different coloured crayons. Get some ideas for icecream pictures on this link from Cool2BKids (scroll down and ignore the ads), or print a picture if you have access to a printer. Here's a video of another ice cream themed activity that a toddler will enjoy. Not everyone has pipettes in their home, so we suggest using old shampoo or liquid soap containers.
Fine motor activities like the ones suggested here are important practice for future writing.
Learning to move, reach and grasp helps children develop the muscles and skills to scribble and learn to write when they get older. Body awareness and learning to do big movements (like crawling and walking) and small movements like the pincer movement (where you lift up things with your index finger and thumb) are important parts of your child's development. It is part of awakening and developing your brain. For your young child, reaching for objects helps build their coordination and will help them hold crayons later on.
Have fun with your child dancing to music. This helps their coordination. If your child is moving their arms or body at all they are dancing!
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