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have to use her thumb and in­dex fin­ger to grab each one. You’ll prob­a­bly need to help her out at first.

Make a DIY Lac­ing Card

Cut col­or­ful poster board into a shape such as a heart, a square, or a tri­an­gle. Use a hole punch to make holes, spac­ing them evenly around the bor­der of the shape. Then give your child a shoelace and show her how to thread it in and out of the holes.

Use an Eye­drop­per

Pre­pare three bowls of col­ored wa­ter by mix­ing an eighth of a cup of wa­ter with sev­eral drops of food col­or­ing in each. Have your child squeeze an eye­drop­per and fill it with one color at a time. Then squeeze out sev­eral small drops of the col­ored wa­ter onto a cof­fee fil­ter to make a beau­ti­ful de­sign. Be sure to tell her how much you love her cre­ation!

String To­gether a Noo­dle Neck­lace

Have your tod­dler thread large, un­cooked pieces of man­i­cotti pasta onto a col­or­ful rib­bon. Not only does this give her prac­tice with her pin­cer grasp and hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion, it also re­quires con­cen­tra­tion. The fin­ished prod­uct can be a neck­lace for her to wear or give as a gift.

Hide Small Toys

Peek­a­boo! Where’s that toy go­ing to hide next? When your tod­dler isn’t look­ing, take a long sock and place sev­eral items such as a Ping-pong ball, a plas­tic an­i­mal, or a toy car in­side, tak­ing care that the items are not so small that they’re chok­ing haz­ards. Then ask him to reach into the sock and use his sense of touch to lo­cate one toy, like the car. It could take him sev­eral at­tempts to iden­tify and pull out the cor­rect ob­ject, but that’s half the fun!

Pack a Purse

If you have an ex­tra wal­let or pock­et­book around the house, don’t give it away. Your tod­dler will have lots of fun play­ing with it! Look for one with plenty of pock­ets and slots for pho­tos and credit cards. Give him some of your old used gift cards, dis­count cards, and busi­ness cards to put in and re­move. He’ll en­joy pulling the items out and putting them back in again. From Retro Tod­dler, by Anne H. Zachry, PH.D. Copy­right 2018 by Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pe­di­atrics. Reprinted with per­mis­sion by Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pe­di­atrics.

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