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Tightrope Walking

Walking on a tightrope takes a lot of practice. Tightrope walkers have to keep on trying.

Here’s an activity to help your child know that “If you keep trying, you’ll get better!”

 Walking on a tightrope takes a lot of confidence, concentration, coordination, and practice. Tightrope walkers have to keep on trying for a long time before they become good at their craft.

Materials

Masking Tape

Directions

Have you ever seen a tightrope walker at the circus? Make a “tightrope” by taping a piece of masking tape on the floor. Even a piece of string will do. Show your child how to walk on the tightrope by placing one foot in front of the other, heel to toe – that’s the way real tightrope walkers walk. At first your child might even need to hold your hand.


Take it Further

You can ask your child to try different ways of “walking” the tightrope - such as tiptoeing, galloping, and hopping. You might want to add a kind of problem-solving element to the activity. For example, ask your child to find three different ways to move across the tightrope in a forward direction.

Talk About It

Remind your child that with practice, they get better. This is true with this tightrope activity and with many other activities in their lives. Talk with your children about things you have practiced and how you have gotten better. It’s hard for children to know that grownups were children once too and that all the things grownups can do didn’t just happen all at once – things took time and persistence. And even now show your child when you are working to get better at something.


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