Our most favorite toys for 12-18 months

It’s interesting how some toys that you absolutely love, your toddler doesn’t seem to be so interested in. I’m sharing here toys that our 16 month old really loves, but, of course, each child is different.

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1. Melissa & Doug Hide and Seek Board

This board has been a hit for us. Scarlett loves to open little doors and discover an animal there. We learn animal names and animal sounds like that, and it’s also a great memory game. I was really surprised that she remembers where each animal lives.

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10 Montessori-inspired activities for toddlers. Montessori-inspired activities for one year olds.

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1. Flowers sensory play.

Who would think that just giving a bunch of flowers to a toddler, would keep them busy for over half an hour? Scarlett was really excited, as you would expect from a girl 🙂 She took them all apart, shook them, took petals off some of them. It’s a great sensory activity that trains motor skills and develops general awareness of the world.

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10 development-promoting activities for one year olds

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1. Learning words with flashcards.

This activity is based on Glenn Doman technique of teaching your baby to read. His technique involves showing 5 flash cards at a time to your baby 3 times a day. It’s better if cards have images of an object, not illustrations, so it’s easier for your child to identify them. Each card should have a text with a name of the object. You can start this activity as early as possible, Doman recommends flash cards from as early as 10 weeks old.

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