What do you get an infant who is turning 12 months old? An infant turning toddler who is an explorer on the go that loves to use his hands and his feet? An experimenter who shows relentless curiosity? Montessori materials and activities of course! Here is our gift guide for one-year-olds, Montessori style!
Perfect Open Ended Toys for a Young Toddler
They will touch, feel, mouth, hold, drop, throw, shake, bang, taste, smell, and listen to every item they can get their hands on; as well as crawl, cruise, toddle, walk, climb, and run (large motor movements). This is how the 12-month-old learns, through action, by doing.
challenge. (Fine motor skills include manipulating the hands and the
fingers to do a puzzle.) Your young tot will utilize control over his
arms first, then his hands, and lastly his fingers. Therefore, keep toys
that require fine motor skills to a minimum because they will easily
frustrate your child. He may have the cognitive ability and
understanding, but he still has to practice the fine motor skills to
achieve his goals, and this will take several more months.
but he has to practice the skill of self feeding and spooning to master
it by 18-24 months. In the meantime, you can help your child with a few
fine motor activities by guiding his hand, rather than doing it for him.
train, a boat, a drum, a ball, a truck, a car, and a keyboard: toys he
can manipulate without frustration, feelings of failure, or dependence
on an adult. He will love emptying containers, cabinets, drawers, and
toy chests, but he will show little interest in putting anything back.
So keep toys and objects to a minimum, rotate them every two weeks or
so, and expect to put his things back in order for him, asking for his
help but not expecting it.
The parent can help by minimizing interruption and control of her
one-year-old by controlling the environment instead, including the toys, objects, household items, and activities in the environment. Lastly,
allow your child to explore a cabinet, a drawer, a low shelf, a large
basket, the paper recycling bag, and safe household items.
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