- A safe neighborhood to walk around
- Optional: A destination to walk to
Step 1: The adult and child should start on their walk.
Step 2: After about two minutes of walking, tell the child you’re going to “pattern walk!”
Step 3: Tell the child that a pattern walk means they have to do the action that the adult tells them to do, in the order it is named.
Step 4: The adult should first say:
- “Jump” - the child should jump.
- “Jump”- the child should jump.
- “Touch the Floor “ – the child should touch their hands to the floor.
Step 5: Repeat the pattern two more times:
- “Jump, Jump, touch the floor”
- “Jump, Jump touch the floor”
Step 6: Next, have the child repeat step 4 through 5 with the following patterns:
- “Hop on one foot, hop on one foot, touch their nose.”
- “Run three steps, run three steps, jump backwards one step.”
- “Tip toe two steps, tip toe two steps, jump once.”
- “ Hop on one foot, hop on one foot, turn around in a circle”
Optional: What other patterns can the adult come up with? Can the child come up with a two-part pattern?
Finish simple patterns using two elements.
Use words and gestures to communicate.
Follow multiple-step directions.
Balance and Coordination