Let them do it

Resist doing for her what she can do herself. While it may be quicker and easier to do it yourself, it won’t help to make your child more self-sufficient.

Toddlers dressing themselves

Involving toddlers in the dressing process is the first step towards independence. This also helps self-esteem and promotes problem solving.

Balancing Activity

Wrap old phone books in paper and let tots use them as low balance beams. This allows them to utilize their gross motor skills and practice balancing.

Tots and the world around them

At 12 to 18 months of age, toddlers begin to become interested in the world around them. Still, they view everything in terms of themselves

Preschooler can do

While 3- and 4-year-olds still need plenty of parental help, our preschool experts agree that kids are typically able to do more than many of us think.

Toddlers and balance

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 and just starting to use words. But by 3, most can balance briefly on one foot and speak in short sentences.

Learing life skills

Generally by 19 months, toddlers begin to wash and dry their hands and brush their teeth with supervision. Within the next few months, they will be able to dress themselves with help.

19-24 milestones

At 19-24 months, toddlers can use a spoon, dress themselves with help and use partially understandable speech. They may begin to understand abstract concepts such as “sooner” and “later”.

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