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
Potty Training
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    Royal Stepstool Potty™

Help your baby learn more:

    • Begin with basics. Toys like these expose your child to the basic building blocks of learning simple concepts like letters, numbers, shapes and colors. Talk about these when you play with your child, extending them to other parts of the day.
    • Counting time. As you walk up steps, count them as you go. “1, 2, 3, 4, 5—wow, you climbed 5 steps!” You’re extending learning, but you don’t need to be concerned about teaching actual numbers at this age.

Animal Walk

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Dr. Doolittle sings a song called “Talk Like the Animals,” but your baby can “Walk Like the Animals” with a little assistance from you. All you need are a little imagination and a creative step!

Materials

  • Pictures of animals
  • Marching music
  • Floor space

Instructions

  • Pick out pictures of animals that have a distinct walk, such as an elephant (sways back and forth), a cat (tiptoes), a dog (runs), a snake (slithers), a crane (high-steps), a duck (waddles), a mouse (scurries), a spider (uses all its arms and legs), and so on.
  • Put on some marching music to inspire your Animal Walk.
  • Stand in the middle of a large floor space and show your baby the first animal picture.
  • Then begin to walk like the animal, using your body creatively.
  • Encourage your baby to follow your footsteps.
  • After a few muments, pick another animal and change your walk to suit.

Safety

Be sure the floor space is clear so your baby doesn't trip over anything.
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