Toddler game: Baby, you can drive my car

Toddler game: Baby, you can drive my car

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A fun activity for your toddler

Thankfully, the hair-raising parental anxiety brought on by Driver's Education is many years away – but that doesn't mean your child can't get in a little practice now. Going for a spin in a makeshift "car" will help her work on her balance skills, which she's using quite a bit these days as her gross motor skills continue to develop.

Good for age: 12 months (but older and younger kids might enjoy it, too!)

Skills developed: balance, pretend play

What you'll need: laundry basket, cardboard box, or other large, nonlidded container; rope or thick cord.

Safety note: Rope is a strangulation hazard, so be sure to supervise constantly during this activity, remove the rope when you're done, and store it well out of reach.

Clear an area so that you have a good "driving range." If your home has a circular path (such as kitchen to living room to front hall to kitchen), your driving range can be a loop. Otherwise, try going back and forth between the back room and the front door.

Tie the rope to the "car." If you're using a laundry basket, this will be easy. If you're using a cardboard box, you'll need to punch a couple of holes in the side so that you can thread the rope through. You can also skip the rope if you'd rather just lean over and push or pull the car directly.

Let your toddler explore her new ride and ask her if she wants to go for a drive. If she does, help her get settled in and make sure she's sitting down for safety. Then grab the rope and start pulling. Go slowly until she gets used to it, then try putting on a little speed.

(If your toddler doesn't want to get in the car, don't force her. Let her watch you pull a stuffed animal or doll. After a few rounds of watching, she may want to give it a try.)

Introduce some make-believe by saying things like, "Where would you like to go today? How about the grocery store?" You can also make car noises, like "vroom, vroom" and "beep beep." Once she gets into it, she may imitate you.

On the other hand, she might be too busy squealing with laughter as you slide from room to room.

An older sibling may want to help with the pulling. This can be fun, but be sure to stay close and supervise so that everyone plays safely.

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