16 month old toys / activities(7 Posts)
If she likes the stamp, then she might be interested in messy play...transformation type activities.
Have a look at this link below. It's about Schemas in play. If you've not heard of them, they're certain phases which small children go through in play.
Mark making...as with the stamping....is perhaps part of the "transformation" schema...someone else might come along and have more knowledge than me...but have a look at the link and you might get some ideas.
Mine liked playing with a bowl of water on the kitchen floor at this age...and with paints. Also mud in the garden!
a cheap idea which keeps my 16 month old quiet.. i stick toilet roll tubes to the fridge door and give her a few balls that fit through.. sounds daft but it keeps her amused for ages!! lol x
I wouldn;t worry about colours and numbers. But you could mention colours in conversation with her..."Do you want the blue brick? Here it is"
That's what I used to do and it sinks in naturally. I also counted steps as we went up stairs. Out loud...that's all. Oh and when I put shoes on I'd always say Right foot! and put the shoe on...then Left foot! and do that one. Both my DDs knew their right from their left quite young.
Duplo, and all the animals, figures, trucks, boats etc that go with it are some of the best toys for children as they can cover several years' of development, including construction, (and as you have suggested) colour, counting etc.
Obviously, reading to a child, giving them their own books as well as taking them to a library, will have great advantages for when them start formal education (by which I mean 'school', as they have in-formal eduction from the moment they are born!). An age-appropriate picture encyclopaedia, or books of animals, plants etc are good; Richard Scarry books have colourful pictures, but bear in mind they have an American style.
Jigsaw puzzles, shape-sorters, large beads for threading on laces etc encourage fine motor skills. Provided they have rounded SAFE ends, children can start to use scissors to cut out junk mail, brochures, and stick into 'scrap books'; they may need help at first, and our DS used them like shears when he was little.
If you can afford it, children can start to create music with an electronic keyboard; NOT toy one, but one with full-size keys, at least 61 of them. A less expensive alternative would be a small xylophone, or children's percussion instruments.
Avoid too many screen-based activities, or toys that need batteries.
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