General motor and bilateral development
- Using large pillows and cardboard boxes make steps to climb or descend, or slides to roll down.
- Make a bridge to walk across, as skill improves, make the bridge narrower.
- Provide a small wagon to push or pull.
- Play in a car that is large enough to sit in and push with feet.
- Play wheelbarrow. Hold the child’s legs while they walk on their hands.
- Have your child kick a ball towards you.
- Place a ladder on the ground, and then have your child walk between the rungs.
- Jump on a trampoline.
- Let your child use a mixing bowl, with one hand holding the bowl, and the other hand mixing.
- Find objects in a picture book, or a toy catalogue.
- Shape puzzles with geometric shapes, animals’ etc.
- Match large picture cards. Hold card 1.5 metres away from your child, and have them find the same one from an array in front of them.
- On a trip to the supermarket, let your child find the objects you are looking for. Make sure they have a narrow field of search.
- Provide large assorted wooden beads for stringing. Let them create their own design or copy yours.
- Sort three different shapes. Place three cups in a horizontal row in front of the child. Ask your child to place buttons in the first, marbles in the
second, pegs in the third etc.
- Line up the pegs in a horizontal row before the child, from left to right.
- Roll a large ball slowly across the child’s view. Roll another ball and have them try to hit it.
- Roll a ball to knock down milk cartons.
Visual/motor co-ordination, eyes with hand, foot or body
- Provide large Lego blocks and a set of large wooden nuts and bolts.
- Let him/her cut out pictures to make his/her own book of familiar people and objects.
- Ride a tricycle.
- Slap a floating balloon, trying to stop it from hitting the ground.
- Provide jigsaw puzzles, consisting at first of three or four pieces then more pieces or smaller pieces as skill improves.
- Make a maze to navigate with a toy car or wagon.
- Provide paint and paper for finger painting. Also crayons and plenty of paper for drawing. A chalkboard and chalk is also very good.
- Provide modelling clay. At times let the child’s imagination run free, at other times suggest a design.
- Have your child copy a circle, then make it into a face or a balloon.
- Place coins in a coin box or piggy bank.
- Line up rows of objects.
- Roll a ball towards your child. Have them try to trap the ball in a large box.
- Help feed Dad, putting food in Dad’s mouth.
Size, shape and spatial concepts
- Put possessions away in their correct places.
- Use picture books depicting things they have seen in various sizes and shapes.
- String beads according to size and shape.