Watch Me Grow
Submitted by: Susanna
Show your child how much he or she is growing in height and weight in a visual way that they can understand.
24 - 60 months
1 - 4 tots
- 1 Pencil
- 1 Book (a large, hardcover book for measuring height)
- 1 Blank wall space (that you don't mind drawing pencil lines)
- 1 Scale
- 2 pieces Graph paper (to draw a graph for your child to visually see how their growing)
- Have your child stand up against the wall. Hold the book flat on their head against the wall, and then let them walk away. Draw a line against the bottom edge of the book and date the line. Show your child and say, "Look how tall you are!"
- Get out the scale and step on it. Tell your child, "look, mommy (or daddy) is ---- pounds!" What about you? Help your child step on the scale and see how much they weigh.
- Repeat this activity regularly to allow your child to see how quickly they grow. Once a month may work well. Get excited no matter what the number. "You weigh more this week! You weigh less this week! You weigh the same this week!"
- To make their growth even more visual (especially for weight), show your child how you can chart their growth on a graph. Use the left hand side for weight, and the bottom edge for the date.
- Cognitive development » Mathematics » Measurement & comparison
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