When toddlers learn

Toddlers learn by playing and they learn a lot between ages 1 and 3. At 1, a child may be working on a wobbly walk but by 3, most can balance briefly on one foot.

Enhancing coordination

Throwing balls of different sizes and weights requires balance, coordination, and the use of two hands.

Balls and motor skills

Balls can be used as early as when the child is beginning to sit and may help them to sit on their own and encourage their back to be more upright.

Improving hand/eye coodination

Toddlers love to sing and dance. Songs with hand motions are a great way for toddlers to learn fine motor skills.

Setting up coloring for kids

Hang the paper on the wall and below place pillows or cushions. The soft surface will help the children with their balance.

When do motor skills emerge?

When do motor skills emerge? Running: as early as 13mos, kicking as early as 15mos, jumping as early as 21 mos

Encouraging motor skills

The easiest way to encourage your toddler to develop motor skills is to have them help with everyday activities like feeding and grooming themselves

When tots can ride a bike

By 12 months parents can start checking with the child’s physician to see if they have the neck development to safely go for a bike ride. 

Mastering hand-eye skills

All the smaller, more dexterous movements that involve concentration and hand-eye coordination are fine motor skills. Your child starts mastering these skills with the pincher grasp.

When todders begin drawing and coloring

By 18 months, it is age appropriate for your child to try scribbling with a crayon.

Practice eating with utensils

When teaching your little one to eat with a spoon, practice is the key. Although familiar, the concept of using a utensil on his own is completely new.

When motor skills develop in kids

Along with climbing, toddler will be developing ability to run & jump. These skills are part of gross motor development, or large muscle functions that control the movements.

Walking up and down stairs

Although your toddler may start climbing up the stairs on all fours as early as 1, the ability to go up and down one foot at a time won’t develop until around 20 months.

Getting on all fours for baby

Play crawling ‘tag’. It can be great fun for babies who are learning to locomotive.

Climbing up and down stairs

Babies learn to climb up steps long before they’re able to descend. You can try to teach your young one how to crawl down safely (feet first, on her tummy), but she’ll still require supervision.

Exploring with writing implements

Allow older toddlers to begin exploring writing instruments (pens, markers and crayons).

Provide them with other toys and activities (e.g., pouring water) that develop the hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill necessary for writing.

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Developing hand eye coodination in toddlers

Allow toddlers to begin exploring writing instruments (pens, markers), and toys that develop the hand-eye coordination necessary for writing

Building spacial ability

Infants and toddlers build concepts based on their sense and motor explorations. For example, they learn the difference between wet and dry, soft and hard, rough and smooth, cold and hot, movable and stationary. From: Early Childhood Resource Institute

When babies start crawling

Within seven to eleven months, most babies start crawling and learn to coordinate the movements of their arms and legs.

However, some babies may never crawl. They directly move on from sitting to standing and walking.

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motor control tip

Teach your baby to play with a xylophone or drum-like toy, which helps enable control of his hand, and gauge the strength needed to produce the desired varying sounds.

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