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A Little Messy
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Question and Wonder:
- I wonder how long I can be?
- Am I bigger than my bear or other toy?
- Will I always be bigger?
- How big will I grow?
Imagine and Design:
- Lay on the blanket with your baby. Stretch their arms and legs out. If a toddler, encourage them to stretch as long as they can be. Repeat pulling arms and legs in and then stretching out again.
- In a sitting position, stretch baby’s arms over their head and bring them to their feet and say “I’m SOOOOOO big!”
- Show baby how they are bigger and smaller than their favorite toy and stuffed animal, like a teddy bear. Track how that changes over time – today your bear came up to your tummy, now your bear is at your hip – you are growing! If a toddler, ask them to point out things that are bigger and things that are smaller than they are.
- How many bears does it take to be as big as baby?
Test and Discuss:
- Talk about bigger and smaller, things that grow and things that do not. Baby will grow, but bear will stay the same size….why?
- Make sure to point out how their size changes in relation to the objects around them and even to you! You couldn’t reach that a week ago! You got taller!
Did you Know?
Your baby’s brain triples in size in the first three years? Talk about change! The more you interact with your baby and give them opportunities to interact with the world around them, the more it fuels that growth.