Ages 15-18 Months

Following are information, activities and resource links for the five main areas of development for children ages 15-18 months old. Download a print-friendly version of this page >

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Communication Skills

  • Follows familiar directions
  • Points to pictures you name
  • Uses words and gestures
  • Says approximately 15 words

Fine Motor Skills

  • Scribbling, imitates vertical stroke
  • Builds tower of four cubes, puts four rings on stick
  • Removes shoes and socks
  • Turns knobs

Gross Motor Skills

  • Climbs 2-3 steps with support
  • Throws a ball forward
  • Stands on one foot with help
  • Carries a large toy while walking

Problem Solving Skills: 12-18 months

  • Plays simple games such as peek-a-boo
  • Likes to take things apart
  • Tries a number of things to activate toy (turns, bangs, pushes button)

Problem Solving Skills: 18-24 months

  • Plays alongside a friend (parallel play)
  • Begins simple pretend play (talking on the phone, putting baby to bed)
  • Completes simple puzzles of 2-3 pieces
  • Points to a body part

Communication Activities: Toddlers

  • Do fingerplays/simple songs/nursery rhymes
  • Look at books with simple pictures: point to and name pictures
  • Encourage your child’s attempts at talking with praise
  • Offer choices and encourage your child to use words to choose
  • Name what child sees and describe their actions
  • Add one more word to what your child says
  • Talk about what you are doing and what your child is doing

Fine Motor Activities: Toddlers

  • Show baby how to drop objects into a container
  • Show your baby how to bang two small objects together
  • Show your baby how to find a toy by pulling a cloth or blanket off a partly hidden toy
  • Encourage playing with blocks and nesting toys

Gross Motor Activities: Toddler

  • Play ball with your child
  • Provide push and pull toys for your child
  • Help your child walk up and down stairs
  • Show your child how to swing, climb, kick
  • Provide large muscle activities such as rocking horses, slides etc
  • Show your child how to jump, getting both feet off the floor at the same time
  • Provide riding toys for your child
  • Play music and show your child how to swing, clap, and dance to the music

Personal-Social Activities: Toddlers

  • Play peek-a-boo
  • Play hide-and-seek with objects
  • Encourage play with puzzles, blocks, nesting toys and drawing materials
  • Provide a variety of toys and activities that require your child to problem solve
  • Play music and sing
  • Read daily to your child

Problem Solving Activities: Toddlers

  • Play peek-a-boo
  • Play hide-and-seek with objects
  • Encourage play with puzzles, blocks, nesting toys and drawing materials
  • Provide a variety of toys and activities that   require your child to problem solve
  • Play music and sing
  • Read daily to your child
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