Toddlers: Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready - Toys, Play and Learning
Amazing transformations occur during your child’s second year. In the space of just 12 months, she changes from a baby taking a few uncertain steps to a toddler who seems to never stop running. Her vocabulary blossoms from a few simple words into a rich collection of phrases that express her needs, wants and pleasures. Other less obvious growth happens, too. During the second year, your child begins to figure out how the world works. She spends a lot of time taking things apart and putting them back together. Watching and imitating the adults in her life becomes an increasingly important activity. As she gains more control over the small muscles in her fingers and hands, she also learns self-help skills such as how to feed herself or zip a zipper.
Children gain new skills the same way adults do: by practicing. For children, practice happens during play. Choosing toys (or common household objects, such as bows, pots and pans, boxes, wooden spoons and cans with lids) that let her exercise her small and large muscles will help her practice new skills.