Toddlers at this age are very active with their newfound independence to move around on their own. From walking on their own, they soon graduate to climbing with help or by themselves, continuing to build their gross motor skills. Their vocabulary is increasing at a rapid pace and they can even speak their first few words. Good pincer grasp development allows them to hold a crayon and they start scribbling to begin with and later meaningful coloring.
Choosing the right set of toys that would help your child build the gross motor, fine motor, language and cognitive skills in a balanced manner is very important for your toddlers current and future overall growth and development.
Gross Motor Skills: Toys like Pull & Push Toys, Ride-Ons and Balls help build your child’s gross motor skills that are required for your toddler to walk and climb.
Fine Motor Skills: Continue to engage your child with Nesting and Stacking toys, Shape Sorters and building blocks to develop your little ones fine motor skills as well as problem-solving skills. You may also introduce dumping toys that your child can fill and dump (eg: At sand pit, a bucket and a shovel can be given to your child to fill sand and dump the sand)
Puzzles: Puzzles are one of the best ways to improve your child’s cognitive and problem-solving skills. Start with a simple 4 piece puzzle of animals or vegetables and help your toddler put them together. You may choose to increase the number of pieces based on your child’s progress and comfort. You may also introduce ABC puzzles to improve your child’s language skills. Choose wooden puzzles over plastic ones and ensure smooth and rounded edges as your child might be still putting things into his or her mouth.
Crayons: As your child can now hold crayons, hand over a paper and let your child run their imagination. Initially, your toddler might just scribble but continue to encourage your ill one to develop his or her creativity.
Language Skills: Your child’s vocabulary is developing day by day and as a parent you play a major role. Sing or play nursery rhymes with your child, introduce books with large and attractive pictures, read out bedtime stories and most importantly converse with your lil one as much as possible. Your child is a great observer and will build most of his or her vocabulary from you.