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Involve your child in preparing for the new baby

Involve your child in preparing for the new baby

Materials:
You will need drawing paper, markers or crayons, laminating paper, yarn, and a hole punch.

Activity:
Invite your child to make a mobile for their new baby sister or brother. Divide the paper into four boxes and have them draw a picture for the baby in each box. Cut out the pictures and laminate them. Punch a hole at the top and use the yarn to tie the pictures to the baby's swing or above the crib. This project is appropriate for children 18 months and older, because even colorful scribbles will b interesting to the infant.

Discussion:
Talk to your child about the many things they will be able to teach the baby, and how their new role as a big sister or brother is important and special. Praise them for the ways they are caring for or helping prepare for the new baby.

Benefits:
Infants begin to focus on objects close to them and start to develop their motor skills by reaching for colorful things within their view. Mobiles can be frequently alternated to provide a stimulating environment for your new born. Your older child will begin to identify themselves as a helper and feel valuable in their new rile as a big brother or sister. They will have a sense of accomplishment and pride in having created something to be used by their new baby sister or brother.

Laura Aube is a Nationally Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist. She uses art to give children a way to express and cope with difficult feelings. She provided support to children and their parents around a variety of issues. She has three years experience working with children with behavior disorders in a treatment center, and seven years experience working with grieving children and their families through hospice. She is currently in private practice in Cass County Missouri. She can be reached at 816-589-0644 for further information about her services.



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