Get Ready, 'Cause Here They Come!
From 18 to 36 months, toddlers begin to walk more and more steadily. No longer do they need to keep their feet wide apart and extend their arms to balance. This is a time when toddlers learn to stride, climb, and turn corners without falling! As you watch and enjoy this new toddler movement, remember that most youngsters need to be taught over and over to go downstairs by turning backward "tush first!" and upstairs holding on to your hand and bringing one foot up to meet the other - step by step.If you feel a toddler is reluctant to walk, consider whether he is being overfed and therefore having trouble with his weight. Good nutrition may help him master more muscular skills. Also remember that some toddlers are just more physically graceful than others - even moving their bodies to music with more rhythmic ease. Try playing soft, dreamy dance music to entice toddlers to enjoy making body motions, and add to the fun by offering large colorful scarves or squares of material to dance with.
Recommended Age: 2-3 year olds
Kind: Offline Activity
Key Concepts: Perception, Gross Motor
Standard: IT-PMP 1, IT-PMP 2, IT-PMP 3, IT-PMP 4, IT-PMP 5
Given the school closures, CTB is sharing daily activities (digital and physical) that are standards-aligned and developmentally appropriate for preschoolers. Also see our research-backed assessment and learning games for parents and children.