Red Light, Green Light

Toddler Pre-Schooler At the Park

Tell your child to run when you say, “Green light” and stop when you say, “Red light” Once they can do it, encourage them to try the opposite: Run when you say, “Red light” and stop when you say, “Green light” Try other colors and other actions (skipping, hopping). You can even change the rules and have them do the opposite.

See what your child is learning

When your child plays this game, they’re holding an idea in their brain to remember the rules and what they’re supposed to do. Scientists call this working memory. They must also use self-control as they stop and go, or when you change the rules. These are important skills for school and life.

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