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Celebrating me: I am 2

Domain:

In this activity, you will listen to the song “I Am Growing Up!”, and look at photosof your toddler together. As when they celebrated their first birthday, you will traceyour toddler’s body and height on the wall at the same place or on a big sheet of paperand talk with your toddler about how much they have grown during the last year.

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  • Developmental Step:

    Circle of exploration (18+ months)

    Age:

    Toddler (18 to 36 Months)

  • Song:

    I Am Growing Up

  • Activity:

    Celebrating me: I am 2

Materials:

  • Song
  • Photos (since birth)
  • Colored pencil
  • Last year’s wall/paper with the body traces
  • Last year’s height mark/paper you marked the height on

GOALS: To Learn, Encourage and Support:

  • Adult-child interactions
  • Communication and development of language
  • Toddler’s sense of self worth
  • New experiences and discoveries
  • “Me” as similar to and different than others
  • Development of size concept

Key Developmental Facts:

  • At this age, children are developing the body schema, which is the compilation of different sources of information about the position of one's body parts in space. The schema is updated based on the continuous experience of the moving body in the environment.

Importance of Activity:

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your toddler to listen to the song “I Am Growing Up!” while sharing photos taken over the last two years. Your toddler will learn about the concept of “growing up” through your tracing of their body and height to compare it to the last year’s. Spending time with your toddler, communicating and interacting establish the building blocks for emotional and social development.

Suggested Dialogue:

  • You are 2, and you have grown taller and bigger!
  • Let’s look at your baby pictures. Look at this one. You are so tiny here!
  • Look how you are sitting nicely in your baby chair!
  • Look how you are holding the spoon and feeding yourself!
  • See this picture! You are playing with the pretend food and having a feast!
  • Look here, you are digging in the sand holding the little shovel with your little hands!
  • Who is this in the picture? Is this ____________?
  • Let’s see how big you are! I will use this pencil to trace your body on this same wall/paper we used last year when you were a 1-year-old!
  • Let’s mark your height on this wall again. Then we can mark each time that you get bigger!
  • Let’s show in our hands how big you are going to be next year!

Instructions:

  1. Sit on a blanket on the floor with your toddler, facing each other.
  2. Listen to the song “I Am Growing Up!” with the toddler while gesturing.
  3. Encourage the toddler to be engaged in the song.
  4. Share the photos with your toddler. Arrange them in sequence and narrate how your child has grown up. Use the suggested dialogue to engage your toddler in telling what is in each of the photos.
  5. Ask your toddler to stand next to the wall or lay down on the large piece of paper (that you used a year ago).
  6. Use a colored pencil to trace the body contour of your child on the wall/paper at the same place you traced it a year ago.
  7. Mark the height of your child on the wall or the place of your choosing from the previous year.
  8. Use the suggested dialogue to point out how your toddler has grown up during their two years of life and ask your toddler to compare their body traces and height marks from the two years.
  9. Keep the wall/paper body tracing and the height mark so your toddler can see it when they are 3 years old to compare their growth.
  10. End the activity by listening to the song “I Am Growing Up!”, while dancing with your toddler to the music.

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peaPod 4:4

Celebrating me: I am 2

Domain:

Developmental Step: Circle of exploration (18+ months)

Age: Toddler (18 to 36 Months)

Song: I Am Growing Up

In this activity, you will listen to the song “I Am Growing Up!”, and look at photos of your toddler together. As when they celebrated their first birthday, you will trace your toddler’s body and height on the wall at the same place or on a big sheet of paper and talk with your toddler about how much they have grown during the last year.

Materials

  • Song
  • Photos (since birth)
  • Colored pencil
  • Last year’s wall/paper with the body traces
  • Last year’s height mark/paper you marked the height on

Desired Outcomes

  • Adult-child interactions
  • Communication and development of language
  • Toddler’s sense of self worth
  • New experiences and discoveries
  • “Me” as similar to and different than others
  • Development of size concept

Key Developmental Facts

  • At this age, children are developing the body schema, which is the compilation of different sources of information about the position of one's body parts in space. The schema is updated based on the continuous experience of the moving body in the environment.

Importance of Activity

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your toddler to listen to the song “I Am Growing Up!” while sharing photos taken over the last two years. Your toddler will learn about the concept of “growing up” through your tracing of their body and height to compare it to the last year’s. Spending time with your toddler, communicating and interacting establish the building blocks for emotional and social development.

Suggested Dialogue

  • You are 2, and you have grown taller and bigger!
  • Let’s look at your baby pictures. Look at this one. You are so tiny here!
  • Look how you are sitting nicely in your baby chair!
  • Look how you are holding the spoon and feeding yourself!
  • See this picture! You are playing with the pretend food and having a feast!
  • Look here, you are digging in the sand holding the little shovel with your little hands!
  • Who is this in the picture? Is this ____________?
  • Let’s see how big you are! I will use this pencil to trace your body on this same wall/paper we used last year when you were a 1-year-old!
  • Let’s mark your height on this wall again. Then we can mark each time that you get bigger!
  • Let’s show in our hands how big you are going to be next year!

Instructions

  • Sit on a blanket on the floor with your toddler, facing each other.
  • Listen to the song “I Am Growing Up!” with the toddler while gesturing.
  • Encourage the toddler to be engaged in the song.
  • Share the photos with your toddler. Arrange them in sequence and narrate how your child has grown up. Use the suggested dialogue to engage your toddler in telling what is in each of the photos.
  • Ask your toddler to stand next to the wall or lay down on the large piece of paper (that you used a year ago).
  • Use a colored pencil to trace the body contour of your child on the wall/paper at the same place you traced it a year ago.
  • Mark the height of your child on the wall or the place of your choosing from the previous year.
  • Use the suggested dialogue to point out how your toddler has grown up during their two years of life and ask your toddler to compare their body traces and height marks from the two years.
  • Keep the wall/paper body tracing and the height mark so your toddler can see it when they are 3 years old to compare their growth.
  • End the activity by listening to the song “I Am Growing Up!”, while dancing with your toddler to the music.

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