“I do it myself!” That may be your toddler’s mantra, embracing every opportunity to learn, do, and become more independent. Role-play toys that encourage pretending will help your child understand new experiences, bringing the big world down to size.
He's on the move, walking forward, sideways and backward as well as running
Her rapidly-increasing vocabulary may range from 50 to 200 words
He can express a range of moods, from joy to frustration to jealousy
She can use shape sorters and throw balls
He can follow basic directions
She can scoot on toddler ride-on toys
He can stack one block on another
Nurture curiosity and problem-solving skills by providing gentle encouragement as he explores the toy's properties and responses to his actions. Your enthusiasm now will give him the confidence to tackle bigger challenges later on.
Make connections—this is a prime age for making connections between colors, shapes, etc. and their names. Reinforce these by saying color names out loud and pointing them out on the toy. Do the same with shapes or other features.
Demonstrate and explain over/under, up/down, in/out, loud/soft. Putting words to what’s happening with a toy helps your child understand the concepts behind language.
While playing, infants and toddlers naturally explore objects and engage in activities that stimulate their senses and help develop their motor skills.
Our society has changed dramatically over the last fifty years, driven by advances in science and technology. Children are getting older younger and adults are staying younger longer.