A lightweight toy with wheels, or a ball is an ideal object for this game. Push the toy or roll the ball as you count one to three. Show your little tyke how to do it. Count again, this time encouraging him to push the toy. Now try pulling.
Work your way to bigger “push-and-pull” toys as your child grows bigger and stronger.
Brain research says: Developing strength and balance lays the groundwork for gross motor skills.
Leticia Peñano-Ho, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and neurotherapist, PsychPros, Inc., Xanland tower, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
Mila De Leus-Bascon, preschool coordinator and Infant-Toddler Development Program educator, Community of Learners School for Children, New Manila, Quezon City
Brain Games by Jane Kemp, Claire Walters, and Dr. Dorothy Einon