Ask your child “Can you do what I do?” Walk forward or backward, bend down or reach up high. Talk with your child about what you’re doing, like, “Touch your toes and touch the sky!” Then give your child a turn to lead. Change the game and see if he/she can do the opposite of what you do.
When your child follows your actions, he/she learns concepts like up, down, forward, and backward by experiencing them with his/her body. By changing the rules, you challenge him/her to use self-control to stay focused and not go on autopilot, important skills for learning now and in the future.