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.

From: Zero to three.org

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.

From: iloveindia.com

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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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.

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Toddlers dressing themselves

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

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Learning to ride a bike

Do not push your child to ride a 2-wheeled bike until he or she is ready, at about age 5 or 6. Consider the child’s coordination and desire to learn to ride.

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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. As they start to discover other people, they learn how to elicit reactions from them. As they continue to grow, they learn to socialize by trial and error.

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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.

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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.

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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.

During these important years, toddlers will enjoy playing simple games with their parents and other caregivers. But they also can start enjoying group games with other young children, though they’ll need adult assistance.

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