Activities for 18 to 24 months old toddler- Part 1

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18 - 24 Months, Kids Activities

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After turning 18 months, most of the kids will start to speak out a few words, and it’s the beginning stage of language development. We took our daughter outside, did a lot of nature talk during that time, and a lot more activities at home mainly focused on developing vocabulary skills.

Knowing our own family

Benefits

Language development, Knowledge about family members.

Age

After 18 months

Materials needed

An Album with Photographs of the family member.

  • Since we stay far away from our family, I want to introduce every single person in the family to her with the help of photographs. If you are staying nearby, do visit them often.
  • Family album is one of the best things to know about everyone. Point out everyone, tell the name and how they are related to the kid.
  • In this way, kids can hear the name and recognize them as well. Don’t expect the kid to reply to our questions. Our job is to introduce things, and they will respond whenever they are ready to do.
  • My daughter is 27 months, and still, the album is her best friend.

Knowledge about locks

Benefits

Fine motor skill, open end play

Age

18 to 24 months.

Materials needed

Padlocks board or real padlock attached to the door

  • We don’t have a different kind of padlock door in the place where we live. So we got this padlock board, and she loves to explore a different type of locks.
  • Kids love to explore these kinds of materials a lot. Provide them, and they will have a good time.

Learn about vegetables, fruits, and animals

Benefits

Language development, great sensorial skill

Age

18 to 24 months

Materials needed

Real vegetables, fruits, and animal figures, Books/flashcards with real images

  • Take them for shopping and introduce the vegetables and fruits directly. It’s even better to tell them directly from plants.
  • Involve them while sorting out the purchased vegetable and fruits at home.
  • Teaching with real vegetables, fruits, and animal figures is always advisable. Kids will catch the names very quickly if they learn with real things.
  • After learning, let the kid identifies them with real images. For ex. Keep some vegetables, fruits and animal figures in a tray and Or arrange them one by one on the floor ask them to pick it after hearing the name from us.
  • Once they can identify the real one, Introduce books or flash cards or printouts or posters with a bright image. And ask the kid to point out the correct vegetables (Please don’t force. Based on their interest they will do it ).
  • Then arrange the printout on the floor and ask them to match it with real items.
  • Let the kids match those real things with flashcards or other printed material.
  • In that way, they can understand everything clearly and its fun way to learn.
  • It’s a three-way of fun learning. Understanding through real thing, Learning through printed material, Matching them accordingly.

Two-piece puzzle

Benefits

Language development, coordination

Age

20 to 24 months

Materials needed

Various two piece puzzle cards, Laminator, scissors, printouts for DIY.

  • Introduce two or three sets of a puzzle. Let them explore and find the correct match. If they are interested, provide the remaining in smaller parts. They will get overwhelmed if introduced as bulk.
  • We can either purchase or will prepare on own also
  • Take printouts of anything of your wish(Vegetables, animals, flowers etc.)
  • Laminate and cut it into separate pieces.
  • Further cut them in the middle and make two parts.
  • Take some cardboard pieces, draw some basic images (circle, square )and cut them into two halves.
  • Let the kid attach it together.
  • I have downloaded these images from another website.

Pool Doodle and Pom Pom

Benefits

Coordination, Fine motor skill.

Age

After 22 months.

Materials needed

Pool doodle, Tongs, and pom pom.

  • Cut down the pool doodle into circular pieces.
  • Provide a tray of pom pom and tongs.
  • Let the kid transfer pom pom using tongs and place it over the pool doodle.

Free play. Exploring purse/bag

Benefits

Coordination, Fine motor skill.

Age

18 to 24 months.

Materials needed

Different purses.

  • Provide some purses/bags with a zipper. Kids love to zip and unzip the same.
  • Keep some non-hazardous things inside the bag and let them explore it.
  • Let them touch and explore it .

Balloon Play

Benefits

Gross motor skill, Fine motor development.

Age

From 18 month onwards

Materials needed

Various color balloons, thread

  • Hang some various color balloons at a different height(floor level, shoulder and above the head)
  • Let the kid play as per their wish. They can kick the floor sized balloon, hit the shoulder size balloon with hands etc. My daughter had a very good time with this activity and she enjoyed a lot.

Stacking

Benefits

Coordination, Fine motor skill

Age

18 to 24 months

Materials needed

Paper or steel cups

  • Provide some paper cups, steel cups.
  • During 12 to 18 months they can arrange each cup inside the other.
  • At this age, they can stack and build it like a tower.
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