Just a few quick nerdy OT thoughts on play with toddlers first...
When I think about what to do with a toddler, I think about choosing something that:
When I join a toddler in play, I remember:
Okay, here are some sensory-motor skill boosting favorites!
As a motor development specialist, I am always thinking about making movement activities sensory-rich, because that boosts learning tenfold! So, here are some ways to up the sensory experience with these activities:
Wondering what exact skills your toddler is working towards right now so you can better support them?
If you'd like to take a closer look at general skills your little one is working on and activities to help acquisition of those skills, check out these 2 page handouts based on age.
Grab a copy of those lists here!
These lists are not milestone checklists, and not indicators of what your child needs to be able to do. Instead, they are general guides. Every child develops differently and at their own rate, so choose the skills and activities within your child's range of ease and play accordingly! No stress. No comparison. No pressure.
Until next time, air hugs!
Hi! Austen here. Portland based Pediatric OT obsessed with leggings and all things child development. Welcome to my journal! I hope to educate and empower parents and caregivers with science inspired insights, effective strategies, and lots of air hugs.