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Like most toddlers, Veronika is fascinated with body parts and walks around hiking up her sleeves and pant legs asking, “Mom, can I see my arm? Can I see my leg?”.

Well, yes of course! To double her fun today, I stood her up in front of the mirror. We found her arms and legs, of course, and so much more.

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Including honking our noses.

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While in front of the mirror, encourage your little one to dance! Veronika loved watching her reflection wave hands and tap toes and copy every move she made.

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“Reach up high!” she said, and mirror Veronika did, too.

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She even went in for a silly kiss.

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Mirror play is great at this age because Veronika is old enough to recognize that she’s seeing herself in the mirror. And since two-year-olds are fascinated with themselves, there’s probably no one else she’d rather see!

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A Day at the Races

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Veronika loves zooming toy cars around the playroom, so today we made up a new way to stage a “race” at home.

I marked a start and finish line for our race track with strips of masking tape, then set out a few cotton balls (our cars!) and straws.

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Veronika was immediately interested in all the materials, and it was time to start our engines. I showed her how to huff down into a straw, which is great practice for kids.

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Together (because she couldn’t do it alone yet), we raced our cotton balls from start to finish.

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Preschoolers will probably want to make it a true competition, racing their cotton ball against a parent or caregiver!

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Veronika soon wanted to add her toy cars to the race. Whoops, she couldn’t use the straw to move the car, but she tried. Which was faster: little red car or mommy’s cotton ball?

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A race to the finish!

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Don’t be surprised if all the materials are just as exciting as the race. Veronika loved playing with leftover cotton balls, making this a sensory game in addition to the imaginative play.

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Overall, you probably can’t expect a true race against a 2-year-old, but you will have silly fun.

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