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Toddlers' Physical Development from 18-24 months

April 10, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

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Between 18 and 24 months, your toddler is taking huge strides (literally and figuratively!), and becoming very independent. Here's what else you can expect in this six-month period.


Physical Milestones

Between 18-24 months, your toddler is likely to:

  • Kick a ball. 
  • Squat while playing. 
  • Walk backwards or sideways while pulling a toy. 
  • Back into a chair to sit down. 
  • Ride a small-wheeled toy
  • Carry a large toy while walking
  • Remove lids from containers. 
  • Nest cups and boxes inside each other. 
  • Take off shoes, hat, and socks. 
  • String large beads with two hands. 
  • Raise and drink from a cup, then put it back on the table. 

Play and Activity

Your toddler loves to play. Spend lots of time outdoors in safe places, like a toddler playground. Try running and kicking balls and playing with toys that allow your toddler to push and pedal.

Here are some other ways to encourage your toddler's physical development:

  • Continue to breastfeed. 
  • Look for child sized versions of adult things, such as furniture, a soccer ball, a plastic baseball and bat, or garden tools. 
  • Play with your toddler by pretending to be an animal: "hop like a frog, fly like a bird, and jump like a rabbit."
  • Describe your toddler’s movements and actions as he does them. If your toddler climbs the stairs, say, "You’re climbing the stairs." 
  • Play different kinds of music for your toddler to dance to, such as marches, rock 'n' roll, and waltzes. 
  • Encourage your toddler to dress and undress on her own. 
  • Only help when needed. 
  • Provide lots of containers during bath time. 
  • Offer activities that require sorting of shapes. 
  • Offer items like finger paints, paints and easels, ride on toys, and push pull toys.

Other Physical Milestones

Between 18 and 24 months your toddler may also:

  • Walk on tiptoes. 
  • Throw and retrieve objects. 
  • Jump in place with both feet. 
  • Catch a large ball. 
  • Open doors by turning knobs. 
  • Copy straight or circular strokes with a crayon. 
  • Snip with child sized scissors. 
  • Fold paper in half.

Resources and Links:
HealthLink BC: Growth and Development, Ages 12 to 24 Months

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