Toddler Midline Activities
Toddler midline activities as a preventative toddler development skill.
Learning to cross the "midline" is an important skill for all children. Some children who end up in occupational therapy later in their school careers have just not learnt to cross their midline. These easy toddler midline activities will prevent this situation.
The body is divided into two vertical halves with an imaginary line. When children can cross their hand from the left side onto the right side of the body, this is known as midline crossing.
When your baby was little you perhaps noticed that they would pick up a toy with one hand, bring it to the centre of their body and then transfer it into their other hand without passing one hand across this midline. This was normal for this age.
Now that you have a toddler, they should be able to cross this line spontaneously. Some children feel a sense of spatial disorganization when they try to do this. These toddler midline activities will prevent any issues from arising later.
Purchase a selection of balls and bean bags to through and catch from different directions.
Place one tennis ball in the end of old pantyhose. Ask your toddler to stand against a wall. Let them hold the end of the hose in one hand and swing the ball from left to right over their body to bounce off the opposite side of the wall.
Shaving foam fun
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You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again. ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762