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Language and thinking skills is age appropriate pre-reading, pre-writing skills, classification of shapes, numbers, colours, size and concept. This also includes how the child plays with toys and the child’s ability to find a solution to increasingly more difficult problems. Problem Solving Skills are a step towards a proper understanding of how to tackle problems and thus to help a child develop coping skills. What Parents Can Do To Help: •


Playing with puzzles, lacing cards, matching objects and playing with play dough

Playing hide and seek or hide a toy so your child can find it

Teach your child simple coping techniques (take a deep breath, come back to the activity later, count to 10) when there is a problem that seems unsolvable

When there is a problem brainstorm with your child the different ways this problem can be solved and then chose which solution is best for the situation

Physical Health and Well-Being is supported by encouraging physical growth and independence, gross and fine motor skills and coordination. This includes the development of the child’s hand and finger movement and coordination (fine motor) and the development of the large muscle movement and coordination (gross motor). What Parents Can Do To Help: Fine Motor

Play cards, Pictionary or any board game, as they all involve problem solving skills

Social competence is encouraging a child to play well with others, curiosity about the world, respect for adults and other children, and following rules/instructions, independence, self-confidence and eagerness to explore new things. This includes the development of a child’s interactions with others and the recognition of their feelings in response to a situation. Social Emotional Skills are when children start to understand who they are, what they are feeling and what they expect to receive from others. What Parents Can Do To Help:


Infants can play with rattles and one toy at a time to begin to learn grasping skills

Coloring, writing, drawing, finger painting, eating finger foods and play dough

Squeezing objects, turning knobs and pushing buttons

Puzzles and lacing activities like beading necklaces, tying and sewing

Activities where a child has to pinch clothes pins and use tweezers to sort things

Cooking activities like stirring, adding ingredients and breaking eggs

Gross Motor


Walk an infant around by holding his/her hands and when an infant can sit; have him/her sit and play often to strengthen the stomach and back muscles

Play ball together (catching, throwing, kicking, and running)

Dancing, swimming, balancing on one foot, building with blocks, riding bikes

Have consistent routines to help your child feel secure

Respond to your child’s calls for help or attention so they learn to trust

Model good manners “thank-you”, “please” and “may I?”

Smile at, cuddle with and comfort your child as often as you can

Play at the park (sports, swinging, sliding, climbing, pulling and pushing)

Show positive ways to express emotion through role modeling

Spend a lot of time with other kids so your child learns to share and take turns

Spend the day at the beach (swim, run, play in the sand and throw around a ball)

Go on a walk or hike and slowly increase the amount of time of the activity

Profile for Leduc County

I AM Growing UP Family Resource Guide  

I AM Growing UP Family Resource Guide