Baby Toys 18-24 Months

Baby Toys 18-24 Months

toddler playing1Young toddlers are becoming more excited about independence but are constantly reminded of their own limits. So while they insist on doing something “Myself!” one moment, the next might find them turning to Mom or Dad for help.

The way toddlers learns what they can do is by getting their hands into everything. They fiddls with knobs, open and shut doors, flip light switches on and off – it’s enough to drive any parent nuts. Toys with interlocking parts – pop-up toys, nesting toys, sorting toys, trucks with doors that open and shut – create endless opportunities children to explore and push their limits while keeping them away from the light switch.

At this age, children learn best from unstructured play. Make the toys available and off they’ll go.

Toys to play house: Your child will get a kick out of play eating and drinking, so a little tea set with cups and plates is sure to be a hit. And in general, scaled-down toys, from rakes, push brooms to shopping carts, give him a chance to do one of the things he loves best – mimic what he sees the adults around him do.(Review)

Large and small blocks: Working with blocks lets your toddler build handling skills by grabbing, stacking, and sorting. Large cardboard bricks easily become toddler-size forts and hiding spaces. Small wooden ones can be sorted and organized into any number of original designs.

Toy instruments: Children generally love music and the chance to create their own sound, no matter how cacophonous. Give her a toy guitar to strum or a keyboard to bang on and she’ll treat you to many original compositions. (Review)

Puzzles: Puzzles are a good way to give your young child little victories – the simple satisfaction of putting something exactly in place is a marvelous thing. Choose puzzles that have very few pieces and are made of thick, easy-to-manipulate blocks of wood. (Review)

Illustrated books and CDs: Recorded stories are no substitute for reading to your child, but many toddlers do enjoy the novelty of hearing a voice come out of a machine and can appreciate that the voice is new and different. The regular patter of nursery rhymes is particularly pleasing to a toddler’s ear. When you read to him, ask him if he can name things he sees in the pictures. (Review)

Train sets: Your toddler can use her new dexterity to link the cars and run the whole train around the house. She’ll love seeing how it can take corners and feeling the difference between running it over a carpet and across a bare floor. (Review)

Balls: Give your child balls to kick, roll, and throw, and take a few minutes to practice kicking the ball back and forth. When he gets good at that, encourage him to try to run and kick. It’s great for developing coordination and is lots of fun, too!

Washable crayons and paper: Your child is becoming more interested in making her own mark – on floors, walls, furniture. Clear a space for her to work, give her a big sheet of paper (tape it to the table) and a couple of crayons. (You don’t want to overwhelm her with too many choices.) She’ll soon get the idea that art has its place. Hang up whatever she makes for you. (Review)

14 comments

  • Sangeeta

    Hey, nice ideas you have covered to keep engage a toddler at home.
    When my son was small, he used to love to play with building blocks and puzzles. Not only it keeps him engage but also it helps him in improving his creativity and learning capability.
    Even kitchen set was also a huge hit. 🙂

  • Julius

    Hello,

    I don’t have kids but I really like your blog. Looks like you really trying to help people, and I respect that. At that age It’s really important to give your child something to play with. Children are learning very fast, and our responsibility is to provide them with the right toys. You’ve mentioned some really suitable things for toddlers!

    Keep up the good work!

  • Owain

    You are right when you say toddlers becoming independent. Mine is in cupboards, opening drawers and pull stuff apart. So it’s always good to find toys that they can play with yet still learn as well. They are intrigued by everything and want to know the ins and outs of everything, even though they don’t understand it all.

    Right now we have crayons and paper but that can be quite messy if she doesn’t use the paper. So it’s good to know that there are washable ones out there. For those little accidents. Thanks for this.

  • Nathalie

    My little one is very active. He’s up for anything and everything.

    He loves playing with balls, cars, sauce pan or frying from the cupboards.

    We bought him a big playpen where all his toys were inside. He had it for over a year. But, we replaced it recently by a playhouse. He loves play house in general.
    Problem is he likes throwing his toys away from the playhouse (he used to do it as well from the playpen). Toys are all over even though he has quite a big play house where they can be stored.
    Anyway, it’s part of the experience.

    In addition, we thought to get him a toy instrument to help developing his creativity.

    Otherwise, the small and large blocks could be a good idea indeed.

    Thank you for the tips.

  • My son is 21 months and you are right on the mark here – he loves to do anything where he can mimic what I’m doing. If I’m cooking, he wants to get into the pots and pans and pretend he’s cooking too. If I’m sweeping, he wants his broom to sweep too. Too bad that once he’s old enough to really help, he’ll likely have no interest in any of these activities. With respect to puzzles, we love the Melissa and Doug ones. They are so well made and the pieces are sized well for little hands to grip. Great article, thanks for posting!

  • Jed

    Those are real good ideas for toddlers. My friends baby is just two years old and your ideas for toys will serve her good. I will be forwarding your site to her. Thank you for your valuable suggestions.
    Jed

  • Andrea

    I really liked wooden toys for my children. I like to avoid plastic as much as I can. My son played with a wooden train set and wooden play food at that age. I would also recommend stuffed animals. They will stay with your kids for a long time. My 13 year old still has a bed full of her stuffed animals.

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