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I have a two year old son,hes taking swimming classes, what

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I have a two year old son,hes taking swimming classes, what other type of lessons can he take without him getting hurt by older toddlers and what activity is he prepared for at his age
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Contact your local parks and recs to request a class / activity catalog. Many of them offer classes specifically geared toward toddlers that aim to provide them with opportunities for socialization, practice with fine and gross motor skills, and fun sensory experiences. There are also companies such as Gymboree, The Little Gym, and Kindermusik that offer classes for this age group. Gymboree and The Little Gym classes are full of songs, gross motor activities, and lots of movement. Kindermusik is more focused on songs, instruments, and the foundations of music (e.g., beat, sounds, etc.)

At this age, he'll thrive in environments where he can engage in imaginative play and begin socializing with other toddlers. Bear in mind that they may not truly play together until Preschool -- Parallel play is really common at this age (playing side by side, but not necessarily interacting a great deal).

You can foster his development through classes, but it's certainly not necessary. Parents can work with kids at home on art (coloring, finger paints, play dough), go to a playground for gross motor fun, and read books frequently at home to build an early foundation for literacy. Playdates are optimal for social time and don't cost a dime! Try new activities with your little one to challenge him and help him to develop new skills. For example, offer him some very large beads and a shoelace. Teach him to thread the lace through the beads. Use cookie cutters to make (and identify) different shapes out of play dough. Place a number of small objects in an empty bottle and encourage him to try to get them out. Each of these activities is a fun and interesting way for your toddler to explore his world while teaching him valuable skills (fine motor, art appreciation & shape recognition, problem solving respectively).

Have fun with your son!
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