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Animal Walk

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Developmental Benefits

Dr. Doolittle sings a song called “Talk Like the Animals,” but your baby can “Walk Like the Animals” with a little assistance from you. All you need are a little imagination and a creative step!

Instructions

  • Pick out pictures of animals that have a distinct walk, such as an elephant (sways back and forth), a cat (tiptoes), a dog (runs), a snake (slithers), a crane (high-steps), a duck (waddles), a mouse (scurries), a spider (uses all its arms and legs), and so on.
  • Put on some marching music to inspire your Animal Walk.
  • Stand in the middle of a large floor space and show your baby the first animal picture.
  • Then begin to walk like the animal, using your body creatively.
  • Encourage your baby to follow your footsteps.
  • After a few moments, pick another animal and change your walk to suit.

Materials

  • Pictures of animals
  • Marching music
  • Floor space

Safety

Be sure the floor space is clear so your baby doesn't trip over anything.