Toddler age and dexterity

Toddlers from 24 to 36 months are beginning to be able to turn paper pages, so this is a good time to expand beyond board books.

Speech milestones

Most toddler who aren’t talking ‘well’ aren’t really delayed. They may not be talking as much as their parents want or expect them too, but that can still be normal.

Fun and fine motor control

Finger painting is just one of the ways your toddler begins to gain fine motor control.

Practicing motor skills with food

Cooked peas, corn, and green beans can help toddlers practice using their pincher grip to develop small motor skills as they enjoy a healthy meal.

Children love mirrors

Place safe mirrors at eye level. When the child is first learning to push up on their arms when on their stomach, this is a great way to have children tolerate this position.

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.