Two-year-olds-flush with the pride of having "aced" Walking, Running, and Climbing 101 -- are eager to test their newfound physical capabilities. With warm weather beckoning, all it takes is some simple equipment and close supervision to help your child make the most of her new motor skills. Here's the recipe for summertime fun and activity:
A great recipe for pure delight? A 2-year-old, a chunky crayon, and a piece of blank paper. The resulting random scribbles may seem meaningless to an adult, but to the young artiste, they can be a source of great satisfaction. And look out! Once this future Rembrandt discovers that his actions control what appears on the page, the whole world will suddenly seem to be at his fingertips -- or at least at the tip of his crayon or pencil.
Despite his enthusiasm, a 2-year-old isn't likely to spend more than a few minutes at a stretch at such endeavors. But by age 3, time spent in solitary play or artistic expression increases to 15 or 20 minutes at a time.
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