An exciting milestone in our little ones lives is learning to climb the stairs. This milestone typically takes place around 21-24 months. At this age, children are still using a step together pattern (one foot on each step) and a railing. By 30-36 months, kids should start to alternate steps using the railing. At approximately 3 years of age, kiddos should be able to alternate the stairs without a railing. Generally speaking, going up the stairs is easier than going down. Going down the steps requires more muscle strength and control. In therapy, we make “working” on stair climbing a game. One of my favorite stair climbing games consists of matching colors.
If you are trying to achieve the goal of stepping up the stairs one at a time, one color should be sufficient. If you are trying to achieve an alternating pattern two colors are needed. I find this game the most effective and the most fun for working on alternating stairs. In school I’ll often times use bean bags (affiliate) or colored spots (affiliate). I place the objects on the steps alternating colors on each step when I’m trying to achieve the goal of alternating stairs.
Now the fun part, adding stickers to the kiddos shoes! The sticker colors must match the color of your objects on the steps. For example, if your bean bags are yellow and red you would place a red sticker on one shoe and a yellow sticker on the other shoe. I have a whole collection of garage sale stickers (affiliate) in a variety of colors. This way I can match my stickers to almost anything.
The goal is to have the kids match the sticker on their foot with the object on the step. This activity is usually a hit with the kids! They may even ask to work on the stairs!