Stimulation activities for cognitive development from 18 to 24 months
Once your toddler crosses the age of 18 months, he / she is now all set to walk, run and climb with greater skills. You will now notice a new sense of independence emerging in your toddler’s mannerisms. You may often notice your toddler copying your daily activities like brushing hair, dressing up, and feeding.1 At age 1, your toddler may be working on a wobbly walk, they may be just starting to use words, but as they grow, they will gradually start balancing briefly on one foot and speaking in short sentences. This is an important time during which you can include a number of stimulation techniques and activities to help your child’s cognitive development. During this period, toddlers will learn and enjoy more through games and activities played with you and others.1,2
Stimulation technique: Level up the motor games3
- Make an in-house bowling alley with empty water bottles as pins and show your toddler how to roll a ball to knock down the pins.
- Play chasing games with your toddlers around the room saying “I’m going to get you!” and let them escape in anticipation until you catch them.
Stimulation technique: Teach them something new3
- Let your toddler roll different objects down a ramp and learn about gravity.
- Play a chef game. Let your toddler measure and serve snacks to you
Stimulation technique: Make some noise3
- Pretend to play car racing with your toddler. Make a lot of engine noises and pretend to turn the “steering wheel”
- Put on some upbeat music and dance with your toddler around the house.
- Everyday I learn through play. Available from: http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/earlychildhood/everyday_I_learn_through_play.pdfAccessed on: June 14, 2017.
- Games for toddlers. Available from: : http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/toddler-games.htmlAccessed on: June 14, 2017.
- American Academy of Pediatrics. 19-24 months. Available from: https://pathways.org/growth-development/19-24-months/19-24-month-games/Accessed on: June 14, 2017.
- Figueroa A. Connecticut’s Guidelines for the Development of Infant and Toddler Early Learning. Available from: http://www.ct.gov/dss/lib/dss/dss_early_learning_guidelines.pdfAccessed on: June 14, 2017.