What to do with this activity?
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and 17th March is the day we celebrate being Irish. Tell your toddler the legend of how Saint Patrick got rid of all the snakes in Ireland. Snakes are long and have no legs or arms. They say "ssss".
Make a simple snake out of empty toilet rolls or kitchen rolls - instructions here at Free Preschool Crafts. You will have to do most of the making, but your toddler can have fun helping you. When the snake is finished, go for a walk with a snake in tow! Here's another type of snake you can make from a paper plate - it's from the Toddler Approved website.
Notice with your two year old how the letter "S" looks a bit like a snake. Let them have a go at making a squiggly mark on paper that looks like a snake.
Why am I doing this?
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.
How can I do more?
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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