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Please note, as per the directive from the Region of Peel, all in-person programs (both indoor and outdoor) will be temporarily closed, from Wednesday, January 5th, until January 17th. Please stay tuned for more updates.
Need an easy activity to keep your little one engaged? Tape toilet paper rolls to a wall, laundry basket or table legs. Grab some objects for your child to drop in the paper rolls (not all of the objects have to fit) then start to drop them in!
Which objects fit? Which don't? Do they make a loud noise when they fall? What if the paper rolls were taped at different angles? Would the objects still fall? This activity allows your child to practice and develop their small muscle skills, make predictions, and conduct simple experiments. You can include some large muscle skills by taping a roll just out of reach so your child has to stretch up high to drop an object inside or they even use a a foot stool!
Some children will prefer to grab the paper rolls from the wall - this is also a great way to develop small muscle skills and learn about cause and effect.
"The Healthy Start program gave me more confidence of myself, and care of my family too. Being alone in the country and having COVID-19 was very hard for newcomers like me, so the awareness of mental health was a very important topic. We had a chance and opportunity to meet other mothers and connect with the world when we were in lockdown. My special thanks to the dietitians and social worker for all the support and I still have all the information in my mind and apply to my daily life."
When children scribble they are developing small and large muscle skills, literacy skills, and language. Holding a marker or crayon exercises the small muscles in their hands, fingers and wrists while making big scribbles or standing/moving around while they draw exercises the large muscles in their arms, shoulders, legs and core! These muscles are all important for children to eventually write or draw as a form of expression, communication (language skills) and story-telling (literacy skills). Swipe ➡️ for 6 fun ways to scribble and draw!