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Month 50

Motor Skills

Your child is developing their artistic side. They are probably able to draw a line, even if it is not perfect, and they are refining their artistic abilities and getting much neater at colouring-in. Your child may have progressed from drawing a scibble and calling it 'mummy' to something which resembles a person. Don't worry if your child's drawing skills seem to be a series of scribbles still, they will improve and the best thing you can do at this stage is to provide lots of paper and crayons for your child to experiment with. Along with the artistic abilities your child is getting better at physical movements.

They can probably skip, gallop and leap places and take great joy in doing these fun activities. They are expanding their movements just as they are expanding their attention span. Your child goes from not really being able to focus, to suddenly being able to focus on things that interest them. Their attention span has grown and they are able to stay attracted to one thing for a longer period of time.

Emotions and imagination

Your child cares a lot about others and he is probably very aware of the emotions around him. At times they will probably pick up different emotions, but this will depend on the child’s own personality. Your child may believe that non-living things, such as flowers and trees have emotions like people do. They believe that these items will be able to feel and experience everything that they do. This is normal (and very endearing!) and they will soon realise, especially once school starts, that this is not the case.

Your child is looking up to you as a role model and they believe that they want to be like adults. They like to imagine themselves doing everything you do, so let them in on some of your activities to make them feel a little more grownup. When doing your supermarket shop why not let them help write you a list and ask them to find certain products in the shops.

Your child has a very active imagination. They enjoy playing make believe and using their imagination to keep them entertained. With their overactive imagination, it can lead the child to be a little more frightened of small or ordinary things so don't be alarmed when they develop a fear of the moon, or windmills, or a toy that they used to love. Reassure them that whatever they are scared of won't 'get them' and remind them that they are loved and safe. It can be helpful to buy a night light for their bedroom at this stage.

Learning

Your child will begin to recognise different letters and numbers and will feel a lot of pride in this accomplishment! They will be able to name simple and basic shapes such as a square, a triangle and a circle. They should be able to repeat stories you have told them before as well as list things step by step. They are at a stage where they are enjoying playing and learning new things. They enjoy singing and will repeat songs and sing to themselves more often.

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