Playtime ideas for your 12-18 month old
Your baby is now a toddler and possibly learning how to walk confidently. She will actively learn and explore through play and use trial and error to work things out. She’ll start building towers of blocks, scribbling with a crayon, and moving things in and out of a box or shape sorter. You’ll start to see some pretending such as pretend cooking or talking on the phone or serving food to toys, sweeping or vacuuming. Language development at this age does vary however your toddler may have a few words by 15 months and 25 or more words by 18 months. She will understand her name and follow simple commands, and be able to point to body parts. Your toddler is also becoming more independent, pulling off some clothes and starting to feed herself. Indoor and outdoor play is important at this stage, as are open-ended toys - sand pits, colourful pegs, blocks, containers with lids, cardboard boxes, cups of water to pour into each other, crayons and paper, dressing up. Also, the more talk the better at this age! Keep naming and talking about everyday things you and your child see and a re doing. Start using adjectives and verbs and read, read, read! Don’t forget screen time on TV, tablet and DVDs is not recommended under the age of three years.