30+ | Mother Nature Make Believe


Develop your baby's inner yogi and imitate nature. First, show your baby how to stand high and firm like a tree. Then pretend the wind is blowing and have your child twist or bow their body, with the feet firmly planted in place. Next, ask your child to pretend she is a four-legged animal (pick a favorite) and walk like the animal. End this exercise by asking your child to be her most favorite thing in nature — an animal, a flower, the ocean, and let them create the pose.

The Science

This exercise, designed for older toddlers, can help your child become more self-aware and confident. Your child is strengthening their motor-coordination alongside higher level skills such as planning, self-regulation, and creativity, which are linked with social-emotional intelligence in adulthood.