At this stage a toddler is likely using things the way they're intended - walking around with a telephone up to his ear or properly using a hairbrush.
Here's what else you can expect at this age.
A typical 18 to 24 month old is growing out of baby toys. They may be too simple to hold her attention. At this age, a child also:
- Understands the passage of time and the meaning of phrases like "not now" or "when we go home."
- Recognizes and names familiar people in photos.
- Shows increased memory for details and routines.
Play and Activity
Every day your toddler accomplishes so much - be sure to give lots of praise for each new achievement. Here are some more ways to support your toddler's cognitive development:
- Continue to breastfeed.
- Watch your toddler to determine appropriate toys. He'll outgrow toys that are too simple. He might also ignore toys that are too challenging.
- Keep adding to the range of things you're providing for your toddler.
- Offer art supplies, such as crayons and washable markers for use on paper.
- Offer simple puzzles with two to four pieces.
- Point out familiar sounds, such as car horns, dogs barking, or fire truck sirens when walking or playing outside.
- Help challenge your toddler's skill levels when she is ready. If she can stack three blocks almost every time, give her a fourth to try.
- Talk about numbers: "There are two blocks in the pail."
- Talk about time: "We're going over to Grandma’s tomorrow."
- Talk about colours: "Here's your red ball."
- Read books with your toddler and encourage interaction with pictures.
Other Cognitive Milestones
Between 18 and 24 months your toddler may also:
- Explore the concept of counting.
- Understand the idea of "more than one."
- Show great interest in investigating any new person, thing, or sound.
- Understand two part requests, such as, "Please go to the shelf and bring back the blocks."
Resources and Links:
HealthLink BC: Cognitive Development, Ages 12 to 24 Months