Draw Shadow Art
Year one-aged kids love to draw, and parents love the creative expression it allows them. But there are other advantages to letting your child go to town with drawing tools. Using her fine motor skills will allow your child's hands to grow accustomed to gripping small objects, which will in turn increase her ability to manipulate pencils, crayons, and scissors.
Want to give your kid a leg up in the fine motor department? Crack open a package of chalk! Chalk is a great writing tool for young kids because it's bigger than a standard pencil or crayon, so it's easier for small hands to manipulate. Plus, it works great outside, so kids can work those basic writing skills, all while in the summer sunshine: can it get any better than this?
Yes! Throw in some basic year one physics (light and shadow), and you've got yourself a fabulous activity that will nurture the physicist artist and the artistic physicist in your little genius.