Toddler Activities: Twelve Months and Up
Toddler Activities for the First Year
Here are a list of toddler activities appropriate for one year and up. Again some children may not be ready for all the activities but you will be surprised just how quickly they are learning at this age.
Also keep in mind at this age your child may be engaged for only 5 minutes! This will continue to increase if you are consistent with how you set up, and how often you engage in an any structured activity.
Activities 12 months and Up
Don't worry yet about how they hold it, that will come later when they develop more strength. At first they will have very light marks with the crayon but it their fine motor skills will noticeably improve with regular coloring. Markers are a nice alternative if they are washable.
Normally you might consider getting different brands of crayons but I would recommend Crayola because their crayons are more vivid and they have washable ones. It is hard enough getting a stroke of color at 12 months!
When we started painting activities, I first used an old table and pushed the girls strapped in their 5 point harness high chairs right up to it. We taped paper to the table. I had them wear the washable bumpkins bibs and could easily wash the high chair covers.
Note: At this age you need to have everything prepared before you begin if your toddler is to be focused on the event. Remember at this age a toddler activity may consist of only 5 minutes duration.
Selections from Our Books and Toys for Young Toddlers
Other Great Learning Toys
Another Way to Reinforce ConceptsAnother way to reinforce basic concepts is by having a bulletin board where your child can see colors, numbers and letters you post on a daily basis. Great way to show you are proud of their work!
Your Child Is An Individual
Keep in mind that each child is an individual and there will varied abilities among children, siblings and even twins.
At about twelve months your toddler will be going through many changes. Many are beginning to walk and even run. Hand-eye coordination is improving where your child can grasp most items he or she reaches for. Your child is beginning to understand many words although articulation is probably not clear at this point. Finger foods are often introduced at about this time. Cheerios and goldfish will soon be a staple at your home.
Note: When interacting with your child, use a lot of descriptive language such as color words, numbers, shapes, letters. Even though they may not understand all the vocabulary, by frequently hearing it in context they will start to attach meaning to the words.
A trip to the grocery store is a great toddler activity and a perfect opportunity to talk with your toddler. I did the weekly grocery shopping with the twins and in my efforts to complete a shopping trip, I had to keep them entertained while I gathered all the groceries so I found myself constantly talking to them and showing them fruit and boxes of food even at 4 months. At the time I wondered if I just looked silly...but it became quite apparent before age two just how much they absorbed by being able to identify fruits such as kiwi and pineapple by pointing to the fruit when I asked, even if they couldn't say the name yet.
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