These fun playtime activities suggested by Jamie Loehr M.D, and Jen Meyers, authors of "Raising Your Child," will help your toddler develop fine motor skills.
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Do simple puzzles with your child. The best for this age range are simple shapes attached to handles that fit into indents on a board.
Improve Hand-Eye Coordination
Improve hand-eye coordination by building with blocks, stringing large beads, using blunt scissors, and drawing.
Help your child develop strength, control and dexterity by squeezing water out of a washcloth, squeezing a ball or a soft bath toy and drawing with large crayons.
Using large blocks, build with your child, but also give her the time to build on her own.
Show your child how to blow bubbles.
Craft with Her
Supply your child with paper, markers, stickers and large crayons. Keep them on a shelf that is within her reach, if possible, so she can get what she needs without asking for help. She'll also enjoy using her hands with play dough, clay, and paints (finger paints or washable watercolors and acrylics with paint brushes).
Raising Your Child
Raising Your Child: The Complete Illustrated Guide is an information-packed guide that leads parents through the ever changing maze of new behaviors, developments, and challenges present in a child's first six years. It is filled with essential information, expert advice, practical solutions, and key choices to ensure a child's healthy development for their first six years -- and set them up for success in later developmental stages. In addition to understanding their child's stage of development, readers are given parenting techniques and activities they can use with their child to maximize physical, emotional, intellectual, and behavioral development at every age and stage.
More Activities for 18-24 Month Toddlers
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