Play follow-the-leader games.

  • Target Age:  3-5 
  • Learning Goals:  dramatic play & creative movement, math, music
  • Related Episode: D.W. the Copycat


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Young children learn by imitating, and follow-the-leader games can be lots of fun. Try these ideas:

  1. Body Rythms: Sit on the floor with your children. Slap your thighs and clap your hands in a simple pattern. Have your children repeat your pattern. For variety, switch to animal sounds: woof-woof-meow. Or try body-part patterns, saying as you tap: head-shoulders-shoulders. 
  1. Mirror Me: Older children may be ready to play a mirror game with a partner. Players face each other. One player is the leader, slowly performing movements like crossing arms, scratching head, touching nose, etc. At the same time, the other player imitates the leader's movements, just like in a mirror.

Take It Further

Help your children recreate patterns you build with blocks, felt shapes, colored stickers on paper, etc. You can also play this kind of game by making musical patterns using simple rhythm instruments.

Based on an activity in Play and Learn with Arthur, Volume 1.

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