PROMOTE OBJECT PERMANENCE
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.