Before we begin, today I am sharing a few of my Pre-Toddler Activity ideas over at All For the Boys. Be sure to click over and pay Allison a visit. She is the lovely lady behind All For The Boys and does a wonderful job sharing ideas for birthday parties, crafts, experiments, forts, and so on. You can also read a fun interview I did with Allison in July, "May I Introduce Allison from All For The Boys."
Some time within the 12 to 18 month age range children begin to enjoy
- Putting objects in
- Pulling/dumping objects out
- Knocking objects down
- Stacking objects
- Pulling objects apart
among other things. Developmentally, they will (typically) learn to put in before they learn to pull out, to knock down before stacking up and take apart before putting together. Besides the toys we have that foster each of these developmental milestones we use boxes.
Boxes of all shapes and sizes that can be found in your pantry, your refrigerator, or your closet.
- Choose empty boxes of various sizes that can fit inside one another
- Pack them with other objects such as books, balls, magnets, little people, etc.
- Give your child the largest box allowing him/her to pull out, pull apart, put in, stack, etc. the various boxes.
- NOTE: For children not yet able to pull out, begin with various boxes that are not stacked inside one another. Encourage the child to put all of the smaller boxes into the big box or stack them and have your child knock them over.
It's as easy (and cheap) as that!!
A few of the boxes we used:
- Large box our printer came in
- Two cereal boxes
- Gatorade box
- Alka-seltzer box
- Cream cheese box
- Two plastic salad containers
- Gum Box
- Plastic Balls
- Small board Books
- Pig and Skunk Little People
Tip #3: Repetitive demonstration will aide your child in accomplishing a task he/she is currently unable to complete.
View other 12-18 Month Activities:
- Pre-Toddler Activity #1: Activity Box
- Pre-Toddler Activity #2: Alphabet Box
- Pre-Toddler Activity #3: Puzzle Search
- Pre-Toddler Activity #4: Texture Soup
- Pre-Toddler Activity #5: What to do with Play-Doh?