How your 18 to 24-month-old might play now

    • 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-ons
    • He can stack one block on another
Cars, trucks, trains and other vehicles
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Help your child learn more:

    • Read picture books about different types of vehicles and what they're used for. Talking with him is especially important at this stage, when he's building receptive language.
    • Encourage listening to directions (keep them simple at this age) and get her thinking about problem solving. Create little stories and assign small jobs to complete. "Can you drive the truck over to the door and unload the boulders there?"
    • Let him haul things around in his vehicles, or use them to transport people from place to place to foster understanding of each vehicle's purpose. Tell him how helpful he is, and you'll really bolster his confidence.

Animal Walk

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Your child will have fun walking just like the animals! Help him use his imagination to move his arms, legs, head, and body.


  • Large room
  • Picture books that include animals with distinct walks such as ducks, crabs, frogs, kangaroos, elephants, inchworms, chickens, rabbits, seals, snakes, caterpillars, and so on


  • Leaf through various picture books about animals.
  • As you read, encourage your child to try to walk like the animals in the books.
  • Help him by descoting the movements and demonstrating if necessary. For example, show him how the duck waddles, the crab moves sideways, the kangaroo leaps, the elephant lumbers, the inchworm inches, the chicken lunges, the rabbit hops, the seal slides, the snake slithers, and the caterpillar...does a caterpillar walk!


Make sure the area is clear of obstacles.
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