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The Builder: Your Toddler, 17 - 26 Months

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Your child is off and running, building knowledge of the world. Your toddler's block towers, climbing skills, and longer sentences are signs of independence. Hang on! Your toddler won't stay this busy forever.

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Your child is off and running, building knowledge of the world. Your toddler's block towers, climbing skills, and longer sentences are signs of independence.
Hang on! Your toddler won't stay this busy forever. Here are some activities to try:


  • Make life easier for yourself -- if you don't want something touched or broken, put it away for awhile.
  • Don't set yourself up for a hassle -- supervise messy stuff and put those crayons and the play-dough away when you aren't around so you won't have toddler-decorated walls. Keep stools and chairs away from higher areas you don't want bothered. Toddlers become expert climbers at the most unexpected times.
  • During nap times, treat yourself to a break. Do something you really enjoy before you start catching up on household chores. Also try to remember your morning: Did your toddler say a new word? Stack more blocks? Help with a chore? Toddlers learn and change so quickly that every day brings growth. Find time to recognize and enjoy it. Maybe you will want to write in a journal or tape record some of the more exciting changes you see.
  • Expand your child's sentences. Say what your toddler says, but add a few extra words. Talk about everything you do, and encourage your toddler to talk, too.
  • Build with blocks and other toys. For toddlers, mowing down a tower is as fun and instructive as building it. Try it with your toddler; it really is fun.
  • Narrate your toddler's play, but don't question and quiz. Your toddler doesn't have the words to answer yet.
  • To help build skill following directions, give your toddler one or two simple tasks and praise him/her for being a wonderful helper.
  • Homemade puppets are a treat -- a white sock with a colored magic marker face will delight your toddler.
  • Start pretend games like "feed the baby" -- teach your toddler to be a caring person, like you!
  • Dress-up fun in mommy's hat and daddy's boots will entertain your toddler and help give him/her practice with dressing.
  • Talk with your child. Take time to listen as you tell your child about your world.
  • Bedtime is a special time. Talk in the dark, tell stories.
  • Kids are starting to play with each other. Look for play groups or start your own. Kid to kid, parent to parent, we both need folks our own age.
  • Your toddler's favorite words will be "no, want it, me, mine," but action words will be coming soon.

It's never too early to read with your child...
Board books --
But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
Field Animals by Valerie Greeley
Jack Goes to the Beach by Jill Krementz
Max's Breakfast by Rosemary Wells
My Friends by Nancy Tafuri
Spot Looks at the Weather by Eric Hill
What's on Top, Head? by Nancy Bentley
Are You There, Bear? by Ron Maris
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Just Like Daddy by Frank Asch


The paper version of this child development calendar has been published and distributed to schools and hospitals (for new moms) throughout the state by the Vermont-National Education Association.Stephanie Keitel of the Vermont Speech, Language and Hearing Association wrote the calendar. Sharon Damkot of the Vermont Educational Media Association compiled the book lists. Vermont-NEA Communications Director Laurie Huse edited the project.



Categories: Toddlers, Children,


New FeatureRelated Articles: The Mover: Your Pre-Toddler, 10 - 20 Months, The Super Helper: Your Mature Toddler, 23 - 32 Months,