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Top 5 Healthy Activities for Toddlers


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Dance, Dance Fever
Toddlers love to dance and throw karate chops.
Toddlers love to dance and throw karate chops.
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From "Hokey Pokey" to "Ring Around the Rosie," dance is a familiar activity to most anyone with young children. Even if you have two left feet, your toddler's glee at bouncing, dancing, clapping and marching will soon have you rocking to the beat as well.

Not only is dancing fun, it's also the perfect way to practice all kinds of motor skills. Put on some music and practice marching, skipping, clapping and hopping around a sofa or ottoman. Freezing games, where you and your toddler wiggle and move while the music is playing, then freeze on the spot when the music is turned off, can help teach your toddler how to follow directions. Songs like ABC Song and Hap Palmer's "The Number March" are also the perfect tools for helping your toddler to learn his letters and numbers.

Television is generally not recommended for young children because it's been linked with attention disorders [source: Christakis]. But there are many excellent movement-oriented DVDs like "The Wiggles: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" that may provide an exception to the rule, especially if parents get on their feet and dance with their kids.


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