At this age, your toddlers will make a significant improvement in not only physical but also intellectual and emotional. They begin to walk, run and climb with better skills, and this is when a new sense of independence emerges! As your toddlers continue to explore the world, you may see them watch and imitate others. Probably they prefer playing alone to playing in groups. However, socialization is important for children to learn their social and emotional development; therefore, introducing them to new friends is a good idea.
Appropriate Toys for 18 - 24 Months
- Fine Motor and Coordination Development - Support kids using their small muscles and hand-eye coordination by grabbing, stacking, and sorting such as large and small balls, sorting and stacking toys and wooden fruit
- Emotional Stimulation - Create their own sound by toy instruments.
- Intellectual Stimulation - Improve mathematical skills by learning about shapes, categorization, including comparing and ordering objects.
- Language Development - Encourage kids to speak in sentences such as dolls and wooden cameras like My First Camera
12 - 18 Month Development
- Twist and move easily while sitting.
- Walk independently and begin to run.
- Pick up small object with pincer grasp using either hand
- Show increasing ability to turn objects around.
- Like to participate in household chores
- Like what’s known as ‘parallel play’ where they play quite happily next to each other, but don’t actually interact
- Respond to commands
- Can stack objects
- Name or point to some parts of body
- Can sort and fit related objects together, so shape-sorter toys-wooden boxes with different shaped holes and corresponding blocks
- Point at familiar objects or people in picture.
- Respond to yes/no questions with shake/nod head.
- Express gladness when they do something successfully