What to do with this activity?
Action rhymes are a great way to play together. Toddlers love doing the movements, and it helps with their memory skills and coordination. Here are the words to "I'm a little teapot". Have a look at the video if you're not sure of the tune.
I'm a little teapot
short and stout (point to yourself)
Here's my handle and here's my spout, (put one hand hip like a handle, then stretch the other hand out like a spout)
When I get all steamed up hear me shout (say "shout" louder than the other words)
Just tip me over and pour me out! (lean over toward spout)
I'm a clever teapot, yes, it's true (point to yourself)
Here's an example of what I can do,
I can change my handle to a spout, (do the actions above, but with arms swopped)
Just tip me over and pour me out!
Why am I doing this?
One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. "Pretend play" is important for developing your child's language skills. Children make up their own games, but playing games with others helps their concentration and social skills. Play can also help to show what children know and understand.
How can I do more?
Spending time playing with your child is a great way of helping them learn. Games like "Simon says" and "One, two, three red lights" are great fun. There are lots of activities you can do like playing card games or board games when you can have a quiet time together. Your child can learn the rules by watching a dry run first. Then you can play for real. An important thing to learn is that you don't always win. It can be good for young children to win, to give them confidence but learning to lose is important too. There will be many times in life when you don't win and learning to cope with that is a good life skill you can teach your child too.
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