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Toddler Play - Age 12-24 Months


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Between 12 and 24 months, your toddler is a mover and a shaker.

You can expect to witness big changes - and these will affect the way your child plays.

Once your toddler can walk and talk, play becomes more complex. Your toddler will be able to handle smaller toys as his coordination improves. You’ll see his imagination develop, and your toddler will copy the things he hears and sees.

You'll also be able to identify your toddler’s personality by the type of play she chooses. For example, does your toddler prefer quiet or active play? Does she tend to focus on a single task, or do many tasks at the same time?

At this age, your toddler isn't ready to play with other children (co operative play). However, he will be able to play beside other children (parallel play).

This is a good time to give your toddler balls to chase and later to kick and throw. It's also an ideal time to provide toys to push, such as pop-up toys, or sit and ride toys.

Get Moving

For more play suggestions, see Leap BC's guide Move with Me from Birth to Three.

Last Updated: August 8, 2013