GAMES THAT MOVE | Two under two is a lot of fun, but it’s also a challenge when attention has to be divided. At 22 months, Eleanor can get frustrated when I need to tend to her newborn sister, Claire. We’ve
found ways to explore through movement and play to give Eleanor an activity to do while I can’t
be on the floor playing with her.
For example, when I’m feeding Claire, Eleanor and I will sing a song that includes gestures and
movement, such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.” Her favorite is “Teddy Bear, Teddy
Bear.” I sing the lyrics and she does the corresponding dance moves. Not only are these songs
silly and make her laugh, they also help her remember the names of body parts and gestures.
Claire also enjoys hearing the songs!
Another activity we do is the classic game, “Red Light, Green Light.” She loves running around
the kitchen and stopping quickly when I say, “red light!” It’s a great way to get energy out and it
allows us to Explore Through Movement and Play even when my hands are tied.
By Lizzy Tahsuda