My past couple of months went very bad as my 15 months old toddler drove me insane. I was not able to figure out the reason behind his behavior as he still did not learn how to express himself appropriately so, he can’t tell me what is wrong with him. And off course being a mother it is my responsibility to find out the grounds and try to overcome the problems. So, I decided to spend some time with him and assist him in few baby learning activities. I was really astonish to see that his behavior frequently changed and he started behaving nicely and gave me pleased gesture. His frequently changed behavior gave me an idea to share that baby learning activities- 12 to 24 months with all those mummies out there who are suffering from such problems.

Here I am presenting those sensory activities that really helped me to engage my son and made him quite happy. Now he loves to engage in these activities everyday and spend a lot of time without my assistance.

Dance with Rhymes:

I found this activity very interesting; mummy and baby both can have fun together. Start singing very simple and his/her favourite rhyme (like Ring around the roses, twinkle twinkle, or clap your hands) and do the very simple actions matches the rhyme. Repeat steps as long as he/she seems interested. Forthwith you will see they will start to mimic your words and actions you are doing with rhymes.

You can  also do it in a very simple manner, sit with your child and start clapping with rhyme “ clap your hands “ or his favourite one and encourage him to do the same. Sooner or later he will copy your actions and your words as well. Later you can just play a rhyme and he/she will start dancing himself. This fun learning activity promote baby’s development in various way like

  • It teaches verbal skills
  • Promote cognitive skills and improve memory
  • Facilitate language development
  • Improve rmemory
  • Boost eye and hand coordination with singing words
  • Build confidence
  • Encourage self-expression

Hide and Seek:

Hide and seek is one of the best activity toddlers love to play. It supports toddlers to search hidden objects. It might look very simple activity but it is very interesting and plays a vital role in promoting cognitive skills. It makes child giggle but at the same time it encourages him to use problem solving skills and starts imagine and thinking about the best place can be to hide the object. Even you can hide yourself behind the sofa, door, or whatever the easiest place your child can find, and make a sound and call her/his name to give him clue, from where the sound is coming to follow the direction of target. Repeat the same action with him let him hide and ask him loudly that I am coming to find you .

This simple activity can give your child very helpful benefits like

  • Perfect balance
  • Improve agility
  • Build stamina
  • Refine Physical strength
  • Aid muscles development

Colourful Stickers:

Toddlers love stickers, the best part they love is to peel off the stickers, stick them anywhere they want except the plain paper you give .This is a very good learning activity. I am teaching my son colour , shapes, numbers, phonic sounds and animal names. Though, he cannot speak right now but he has memorized the names, when I ask him to stick specific colour, shape or animal name. He exactly sticks it on the paper and feels happy when I appreciate him on this effort.

This is a great motor skill activity, improve memorization, and stimulate thinking.

It is also helpful for mummies because it keep the toddlers busy for a short time without making mess.

 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. My son is 18 months. Sometimes I have a feeling like he is an individualist. He’s not an easy one to entertain. There are days when he’s absorbed by a cardboard box and he’s f.ex able to spend an hour transferring all his balls from the usual place to the box and it’s so exciting for him to do it. Sometimes he’s just going through all his stuff. From one book to another, from one toy to another and so on and he’s getting bored in few minutes. It’s not everyday scenario but it does happen very often. He’s a calm kid – not a hyperactive type. It’s hard to entertain him with the clapping thing, he’s ignoring me when I’m doing things he’s not interested in 🙂 So sometimes I don’t have enough ideas how to make him busy and organize our free time together.

    • Thanks for your comment Gosia. I can also relate to you as my 18 month old toddler make me crazy sometimes and i don’t understand how to get him engage in activities for longer period. So, i engage him in outdoor activities. I must suggest you when you feel he is not showing interest in indoor activities, try some outdoor activities also i would suggest you to arrange water activity,as kids love water or you can also take him for swimming class. Swimming is not only a fun or enjoyment but it boost your little one’s sensory development. Have a look on more swimming benefits https://kiddieversity.com/swimming-lessons-for-kids/ . I hope you would find these tips helpful 🙂

  2. Wonderful ways to stimulate and entertain busy toddlers! In an age where many busy parents are sticking their children in front of TV’s and Ipads, this is refreshing. When my kids were small, it seemed exhausting trying to keep them entertained, but as your article suggests, the simpler the better!

  3. Thank you Linda for your comments.You are right that now a days parents do give their kids ipads and tablets to keep them busy but there are many simple ways as well to engage your child with certain activities so that his/her learning and development stimulates.

  4. Hi Sarah,
    Great post, my son really enjoys singing and as a result it has really helped him with his vocabulary and his ability to construct sentences, he also enjoys reading and numbers as a result of the activities that he is involved in.
    Thanks for this great insight

    • Hi Charlie, thank you for sharing your comments, singing is such a fun and effective way to teach our kids about everything around us and these rhymes also help us improve vocabulary and speaking power.

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