Hokey-Pokey

 

Purpose: Increase your child’s flexibility and strength!

For this Activity you will need:


Instructions:

  1. Tell your child that you are going to play a game.
  2. Hold your child on your lap.
  3. Sing the hokey-pokey song to your child. Use this as an opportunity to gently move your baby’s muscles.
  4. As you sing, move your child’s body part with the music. For example, move your child’s left hand when you sing:

  5. Put your left hand in. Put your left hand out. Put your left hand in and move it all about. You do the hokey-Pokey and you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about.

  6. Continue singing the song, changing the body parts each time.
  7. As your child gets older, have her move her own body parts as you sing the song. Repeat the game many times so that your child can learn the words!

 

Next Steps/Follow-Up:

  • Allow your child to play with balls of different sizes. Gently roll the ball back and forth to your infant. As your child gets older, show your child how to toss and kick the ball.

 

Background Information:

Physical development involves:

  • Having good muscle control and coordination (able to run, jump, climb, balance, skip, and play ball).
  • Developing hand-eye coordination (in order to draw, trace, write, cut with children’s scissors, stack, button, zip, and tie).
  • Having good personal hygiene, such as washing hands, brushing teeth, and using tissues.
  • Being aware of good safety.

When your child starts school, he will be more likely to do well if he is able to do these things.

 

You can help your child’s physical development by doing this activity.

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