Young Toddlers Are Problem Solvers
Learn how babies and toddlers develop play skills from birth to three years old, as well as which toys and activities are suitable for their age group.
During the next 12 months, what babies begin to do and experience during their first 12 months really takes off. They try to find out how the world works through their play experiences and interactions with you (remember, you are still their favorite toy!). Read on to find out what young toddlers are up to at this age—and what you can do to help them grow.
So, what exactly does it do?
Toddlers start learning how to combine things. This explains why they love filling and emptying containers of water, sand, and bricks. Toddlers are therefore learning to make associations between things, which is why they enjoy putting small people on a toy bus. When they stack rings, toddlers are talking about sizes. When they line up two toy cars that look alike, they see similarities.
TOYS TO EXPLORE:
- Pop-beads or chunky interlocking plastic blocks
- Plastic spoon and cup
- Blocks and bucket
- Nesting cups/rings or shape-sorters
- Busy box with button to push, switch, and dial to turn
- Chunky wooden puzzles
You can find all of these and more on Children's Territory at affordable prices.
HELPING YOUR TODDLER LEARNS WHILE PLAYING:
Offer these toys to your toddler and wait to see what he/she does with them. Allow them to experiment with them and see how they function and what he/she can do with them.
Then teach your toddler new ways to play with these toys. You could, for example, stir with the spoon in the cup. Then give it to him and wait and see what he does about it. Alternatively, pretend to give his stuffed bear a drink.
FIRST FRIENDS AND EARLY SOCIAL SKILLS
Beginning at about 12 months, most young toddlers enjoy playing near peers. They may play games like “Ring around the Rosie” or “chase” with another child, or join a peer in filling a bucket with mulch on the playground. These moments may not last long, but they give toddlers a sense of what it means to be a friend and have a friend.
TOYS TO EXPLORE:
- Musical instruments
- Sand/water play
- Art activities, such as painting or chalk
- Toy cars or trains, with one available for each child
Developing Communication Techniques
Your one-year-old is using a mix of sounds, gestures, and facial expressions to communicate with you. They'll probably start speaking with one word, but as you mark, comment, and ask questions, her vocabulary will slowly expand. They may not say anything at first, but they almost always understand what you're doing!
EXPLORE THESE TOYS:
- Toy phone
- A child-safe mirror
- Puppets, dolls, and stuffed toys
Children's Territory has toys that are not only fun but also educational and innovative for your toddler's growth. Buy yours online.
- Rockims Team