Ages And Stages Questionnaire Activities
- Communication Activities
- Gross Motor Development
- Fine Motor Development
- Problem Solving
- Personal, Social Development
Communicating with your child is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a parent. Over the last 2 years your child has learned by taking in the sights and sounds of daily interactions you and the people around them. Here are some activities you can do with your child to help their communication skills;
- Improve listening skills by playing both slow and fast music. Songs with speed changes are great. Show your child how to move fast or slow with the music.
- Add actions to your child’s favourite nursery rhymes. Easy action rhymes include “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush,” “Jack Be Nimble,” “This Is the Way We Wash Our Clothes,” “Ring Around the Rosy,” and “London Bridge.”
- Tell or read a familiar story and pause often to leave out a word, asking your child to “fill it in.” For example, Little Red Riding Hood said, “Grandmother, what big ________ you have.”
- Help your child learn new words to describe objects in everyday conversations. Describe the colour, size, and shape (the blue cup, the big ball). You can also describe how things move (a car goes fast, a turtle moves slowly) and how they feel (ice cream is cold, soup is hot).
- Children at this age love outings. One special outing can be going to the library. The librarian can help you find appropriate books. Make a special time for reading (like bedtime stories).
- Add an old catalogue or two to your child’s library. It’s a good ‘picture’ book for naming common objects.
- Make ‘sound’ containers using plastic eggs. Fill the eggs with noisy objects like sand, beans or rice and tape the eggs shut. Have two eggs for each sound. Help your child match sounds and put them back in an egg carton together.
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Your child will have grown and developed fast during their first two years. They will probably be starting to explore the world more independently and doing more things for themselves. Here are few activities that can help with the development of their gross motor skills;
- Play “Follow the Leader.” Walk on tiptoes, walk backward, and walk slow or fast with big steps and little steps.
- Improve listening skills by playing both slow and fast music. Songs with speed changes are great. Show your child how to move fast or slow with the music. (duplicated in communication)
- To improve their coordination and balance you could show your child the “bear walk” by walking on hands and feet, keeping your legs and arms straight. Or try the “rabbit hop” by crouching down and then jumping forward.
- Action is an important part of a child’s life. Play a game with a ball where you give directions and your child does the actions, such as “Roll the ball.” Kick, throw, push, bounce, and catch are other good actions. Take turns giving the directions.’ Possible existing video (I hate this!) https://vimeo.com/396646073
- Play target toss with a large bucket or box and bean bags or balls. Help your child count how many she gets in the target. A ball of yarn or rolled up socks also work well for an indoor target game.
- Play a jumping game when you take a walk by jumping over the cracks in the pavement. You may have to hold your child and help him over at first.
- Make an obstacle course using chairs, pillows, or large cartons. Tell your child to crawl over, under, though, behind, in front of, or between the objects. Be careful arranging so that the pieces won’t tip and hurt your child.
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Fine motor skills engage the smaller muscles in the hands and fingers so your child can grasp, hold, grip and pinch. This could include things like picking up food or grasping a grasping a crayon. Your child develops fine motor skills so they can learn how to look after themselves when they are older and also learn how to write.
Here are a few activities you can try with your child to help develop their fine motor skills;
- Take time to draw with your child when she wants to get out paper and crayons. Draw large shapes and let your child colour them in. Take turns.
- Trace around simple objects with your child. Use cups of different sizes, blocks, or your child’s and your hands. Using felt-tip markers or crayons of different colours makes it even more fun.
- Wrap tape around one end of a piece of yarn to make it stiff like a needle and put a large knot at the other end. Have your child string pasta, buttons or beads. Made an edible necklace out of cereal like cheerios.
- During sandbox play, try wetting some of the sand. Show your child how to pack the container with the wet sand and turn it over to make sand structures or cakes.
- Show your child how to make snakes or balls or how to roll out pancakes with a small rolling pin using playdough. Use large cookie cutters to make new playdough shapes.
- Try a new twist to finger painting. Use whipping cream on a washable surface. Help your child spread it about and draw pictures with your fingers. Add food colouring to give it some colour.
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- Give a cup to your child. Use bits of cereal or fruit and place one in your child’s cup (“one for you”) and one in your cup (“one for me”). Take turns. Dump out your child’s cup and help count the pieces. This is good practice for early maths skills.
- Have your child help you set the table. First, have your child place the plates, then cups, and then napkins. By placing one at each place, he will learn one-to-one correspondence. Show your child where the utensils should be placed.
- Cut pictures out of magazines to make two groups such as dogs, food, toys, or clothes. Have two boxes ready and put a picture of a dog in one and of food in the other. Have your child put additional pictures in the right box, helping her learn about categories.
- Collect little things and big things (balls, blocks, plates). Show and describe (big/little) the objects. Ask your child to give you a big ball, then all of the big balls. Do the same for the little. Another big/little game is stretching your arms up high and making yourself little by squatting down.
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- Children can find endless uses for boxes. A box big enough for your child to fit in can become a car. An appliance box with holes cut for windows and a door can become your child’s playhouse. Decorating the boxes with crayons, markers, or paints can be a fun activity to do together.
- Children at this age love to pretend and really enjoy it when you can pretend with them. Pretend you are different animals, like a dog or cat. Make animal sounds and actions. Let your child be the pet owner who pets and feeds you.
- Put an old blanket over a table to make a tent or house. Pack a “picnic” sack for your camper. Have your child take along a pillow on the “camp out” for a nap. Flashlights are especially fun.
- Give your child some soap, a wash cloth, and a bowl of water. Let your child wash a dirty toy, toy dishes, or dolls clothes. It is good practice for hand washing and drying.
- Your child will begin to be able to make choices. Help him choose between two pairs of socks, two shirts, and so forth. Give choices at other times like snack or mealtime (two kinds of drink, crackers, etc…)
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