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-on toys
    • He can stack one block on another
Toys to refine eye-hand coordination
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    Silly Sounds Puzzle

Help your child learn more:

    • 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.
Ride-on toys for toddlers
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    Rockin’ Tunes Giraffe

    Balance & Coordination Curiosity & Discovery Gross Motor

Help your child learn more:

    • Clear a path all around so he won't be frustrated by bumping into things. As he gains more control, he'll learn to steer around obstacles.
    • Create a route for her to follow, with guideposts along the way. This will challenge her coordination and thinking skills as she anticipates what to do to reach the destination.
    • Build understanding of directions by saying the words as he moves forward and back and makes the vehicle stop, go or turn. He'll quickly learn that his actions put him in control.
    • Stimulate imagination by suggesting trips for her to take, passengers to bring along… even snacks to eat along the way. Having her own set of wheels will come in handy when your child is ready for role playing.
Cars, trucks, trains and other vehicles
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    Little People® Zoo Talkers™ Animal Sounds Zoo Train

    Curiosity & Discovery Fine Motor Imagination & Creativity Sensory

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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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 moments, 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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