How your 12 to 18-month-old might play now

    • Your child may be walking—and very proud of it!
    • She's better at entertaining herself and more deliberate in her exploration
    • He can string together ideas to form a basic plan
    • She shows affection with hugs, kisses, smiles and pats
    • He can put objects in and out of a box
    • She starts to treat objects in an appropriate manner—for example, cuddling a teddy bear
    • He likes to imitate familiar household routines
Toys to enhance physical development,coordination and Walking
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    Growing Baby™ Pull Along Froggie

    Balance & Coordination Fine Motor Gross Motor
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    Scoop & Whirl Popper

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    Go Baby Go!™ Pull & Pop Pelican™

Help your baby learn more:

    • In control. As her balance, mobility and coordination increase, your 1-year-old will have better control of the action. Moving around to investigate different features will exercise large motor skills.
    • I get it! At this age, your child will quickly grasp how to make the action happen. Make a game of activating lights or sounds—he takes a turn, then it's your turn. Label actions with words. "You pressed the button and made the lights go on!" "You opened the door and it made a sound!"
    • Build excitement and cognitive skills—with a clue that something is about to happen. “Here we go! What do you think we’ll see?”
Musical toys
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    Growing Baby™ Musical Xylo Fish

    Fine Motor Sensory
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    Laugh & Learn™ Apptivity™ Case
    for iPad® devices

    Fine Motor Self-Expression & Confidence Sensory
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    Barnyard Basics™ Moo-sical Piano-to-Xylo™

Help your baby learn more:

    • You can do it! Let your child play with the toy independently. Be there to help him if he needs you, and offer your encouragement: "You can do it … go ahead."
    • Play a game with your child to make up a song—make a sound with the toy and ask your child to mimic you. Or just follow what your child does.
    • Attach words to your child's movement with the toy, and also to the toy's features. Say “back and forth” or “side to side” as your child moves the toy.
    • Clap or sing along to encourage your child; you may even want to accompany him on another instrument. These "I can" play activities get filed away in your child's memory bank and boost self-confidence.

Box-in-a-Box

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Part Jack-in-the-Box, part Guess-What’s-Inside, this game will keep baby guessing—and giggling. Be sure you have something special at the end of the game to make the wait worthwhile!

Materials

  • Variety of boxes in different sizes, nesting one inside another
  • Toy or treat

Instructions

  • Collect a variety of boxes that will nest one inside another. Try to get very large boxes and very small boxes, as well as everything in between.
  • Place a special toy or treat in the smallest box for your baby to discover at the end of the game. Close the small box and place it in the next larger box; close the outside box.
  • Continue until you’ve nested all the boxes inside each other, ending with the giant box.
  • Bring your baby into the room and show her the box.
  • Ask her, “What’s inside?” and help her open the box.
  • When your baby sees the next box, say, “Another box!” Lift that box out of the bigger box and ask your baby to open it.
  • Continue until you get to the smallest box, then let your baby open up the surprise!

Safety

Make the boxes easy to open so your baby can do the task herself without getting too frustrated.

Learning Skills

  • Object permanence
  • Problem solving
  • Sorting, classification, seriation (putting things in order)
Your child can learn

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