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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toddler sized supplies

Cut down the frustration level of your toddler by seeking out toddler-sized supplies, such as thicker markers, crayons, paintbrushes and pencils. They will be easier to hold and use than the skinny ones meant for older children.

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When toddlers won’t let go of stuff

If your baby finds it difficult to release an object voluntarily, place your hand directly under his to help him.

You can also help practice this skill by offering another object to divert his attention from the one in his hand.

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Fine motor skills tip

Improve baby’s fine motor skills between ages 9-12 months, play "give and take" to encourage your baby to release objects voluntarily.

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Motor skills at 18 months

At 18 months you can expect your child to walk backwards, walk up steps with his hand held, kick a ball, say 10 to 25 words, name 3 body parts, turn pages of a book and stack two blocks together.

Over the next few months your child will learn new words, start to throw a ball overhand, and use two word combinations.

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Fine motor skills

Using blocks, puzzles & crayons, as well as buttoning/snapping doll clothes develops eye-hand coordination & fine motor skills. source

Buiding motor skills

Songs like ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ & ‘The Itsy-Bitsy Spider’ are great ways to build your toddler’s auditory & motor memory. source

Motor skills

Children improve fine motor skills, concentration, and hand-eye coordination when they play Legos, and puzzles & beads Source

Using Crayons

Build your baby’s fine-motor skills by introducing him to crayons, paints, and other creative ways to make art…and a mess. more info

Learning to walk

As tempting as it may be, letting your tot wear shoes or any other footwear will obstruct the learning to walk process. more info

Encourage Fine Motor Skills

Encourage good fine motor development by doing activities like stringing beads, lacing shapes and tearing paper. more info

Building dexterity and strength in toddlers

Mastering how to use their hands is one of the most important things your baby or toddler will be learning in the next few years of their life. But while they are learning how to hold and manipulate objects other very important brain functions, like language, are also developing.

You can help your child build strength and dexterity in their hands by playing some fun and easy games with them and doing some simple exercises.

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Teaching balance and coordination

A classic children’s game called hopscotch is a very good way to teach the toddler how to balance and co-ordinate.

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Exploring writing

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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Building heathy muscles

Toddlers, who have just learned to walk, need to build their muscles. Playing outdoors is a great way for your child to stay active and develop their large muscles.

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Develop balance and strength

A great way to teach your toddler to walk is to tiptoe. Tiptoe teaches your toddler to actually use his/ her own body weight to develop strength and balance.

Before allowing the child to tiptoe, make sure you do it while the child is watching. Then have the child follow you as you tiptoe forward, backward, sideward and in circles.

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Developing coordination

Within four to six months your baby begins to develop the coordination to move solid food from the front of the mouth to the back for swallowing.

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Interest in playing

Shortly after your child’s first birthday cake, he will most likely show an interest for ball play. Initially, he will throw the ball around, waiting for someone else to pick it up and give it to them or picking it up on their own.

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