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
Ride-ons
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    Brilliant Basics™ Roll-Along Musical Pony™

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    Go Baby Go!™
    Stride-to-Ride™ Lion

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.

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.

Learning Skills

  • Creativity and imagination
  • Gross motor development
  • Identification and classification
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