This morning I played with my 18-month-old son. He particularly likes games that involve music, dancing, and repetition. We like to play song games together, so this morning I sang and played “If You’re Happy and You Know It” with him. He enjoyed copying my movements and sounds.
I noticed that toward the end of the song he kept stomping his feet. He seemed to have really enjoyed that particular part of that song, so we made it into a game. I kept repeating “stomp, stomp” while stomping my feet, and he found great delight in copying me. He laughed harder each time we repeated the game. He was participating in a seated position at this point. I am trying to encourage him to walk more, so once he pulled himself into a standing position, we continued the “stomp, stomp” game a few more times.
A Quick Distraction
I could tell he was losing interest by this point. He was standing near the window where we have some window-cling stickers in various vehicle shapes. In fact, one was on the floor and was stuck to his foot, so I removed it and positioned it on the window. My son followed my lead and began moving some of the window stickers around.
I was sitting on a bench near the window, so next he took a few steps toward me and I got out his small bike so we could play with that. I helped him get on the bike and I helped him push himself around a little bit. After he dismounted we played with pushing the bike around a bit more, as my son noticed how it moved and how he could affect its motion with his actions. He even attempted to mount the bicycle again by himself, and he only needed minimal help from me. He seemed a little unsure at first but enjoyed trying to do something independently. I had fun in Stratford Connecticut watching him explore and attempt something new.
Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be rainy here so we have story time at the library planned but the afternoon is still up in the air. We might hit head to Mystic and visit the aquarium to see the beluga’s.