Columbia, MO

"Because every step counts!"

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Hands-On Activities for Tikes (2.5 to 3.5 years)

In the tikes room of Big Steps Early Learning Center, your child will be encouraged to learn at his or her own pace. The room is stocked with plenty of materials for age-appropriate learning, and we have all kinds of circle time activities to foster development.

  • Calendars

  • Weather

  • Counting

  • Story time

  • Songs


With these activities, children learn to take turns, share, cooperate, and express feelings in an appropriate manner.

"BSELC has been great for my children. The staff and administration treat us like we're family and I feel comfortable with my kids in their care.


They will take time to answer my questions — whether it's in person or by phone, they keep me updated on my children's progress, and they genuinely care about the kids that go there.


As a bonus, additional activities are available, such as gym bus and swimming, which allows my child to participate in these during the day so I can spend more time with him at home in the evenings.


The facility also has several events throughout the year where family members are encouraged to be involved. This facilitates meeting other parents as well as spending time with your child(ren) along with the teaching staff. I would encourage others to check out BSELC and see what it has to offer your family."

From Erica K.

Continued focus on the 4 developmental areas

Your child will be engaged with learning activities that encourage development in social, emotional, physical, and intellectual areas. Your tike's social skills will grow through group play and interaction with peers and adults.


There are plenty of opportunities to grow emotionally with experiences that enhance feelings of self-worth and achievement. We'll maintain open communication with you so you always know how your son or daughter is developing.


Our fun-filled physical programs develop the broad spectrum of physical skills. Some activities focus on fine motor skills.

You SAVE with discounts when you enroll multiple children.

  • Stringing

  • Lacing

  • Coloring

  • Gluing

  • Painting

  • Cutting

  • Tearing

  • Folding

  • Proper grip and handling of writing utensils

Other physical activities focus on developing gross motor skills.

  • Large muscles of the back, legs, shoulders, and arms

  • Galloping

  • Skipping

  • Running

  • Jumping