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I Think I Can


For this activity you'll need the book The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. A library will have a copy, but this is one of those books you'll want to own.

Materials
  • The Little Engine That Could

Directions

  1. Read the book The Little Engine That Could to your child.
  2. Talk about how the little engine thought he could make it up the hill, even though it was a very hard thing to do.
  3. Ask your child if she thinks she can do something that may seem hard at first, then play the "I Think I Can" game.
  4. Ask your child to try different things like "Can you hop on one foot?" or "Can you touch your toes?"
  5. Demonstrate for her, then say "I think I can, I think I can" as you hop or bend together.
  6. Try this game when you're encouraging your child to pick up her toys. ("Do you think you can put away all your cars before I pick up these puzzles?")

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Copyright © 1999 by Patricia Kuffner. Excerpted from The Toddler's Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

To order this book visit Meadowbrook Press.


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