Snowball Active Movement

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Let's Begin

Gather Materials

White beach ball
Washable marker
Wet paper towel or baby wipe


1. Start by blowing up the beach ball.

2. Next, use the marker to write several action words or phrases all around on the ball such as, “do jumping jacks”, “hop like a bunny”, “dance like a ballerina”, or “stretch and touch your toes”.

3. Now, to start the game, toss the ball to your child and where their hands “land” on an action word or phrase, the two of you now do that action together. Next, your child tosses the ball to you, and you take a turn. You can go back and forth as long as you’d like.

4. Finally, when you have done all of the actions and are ready to try something new, simply use a wet paper towel or baby wipe to clean off the writing and create new action words to keep the fun going!

CDC Milestones

Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:

  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

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