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1. Find opportunities to observe your child in order to find out about what he is learning to do and what he may be ready to try next. How can you challenge him to try something a little harder?

2. Try to build different sensory experiences into your everyday life with your children. While riding to school or to the grocery store, ask your children to name the different sounds they hear. While in the bathroom or kitchen, encourage your children to smell the soaps, perfumes, shaving creams or foods and tell you about how they smell. When walking outside, try touching the leaves, grass, cement, stones, wood or brick and talk with your children about how these things feel when they touch them.

3. Try some creative movement activities with your children. Suggest that they pretend to be a car, truck, train, plane, wind-up toy, rag doll, dog or cat. See what ideas they have and how they move or sound like different things or animals.

4. Turn on the radio and spend time dancing with your children to different kinds of music. See what kinds of movements you and your children can come up with that follow the rhythm of the music

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