The Tot Play & Learn Set Additional Activities: 12 – 18 Months
Looking for activities and toys to aid with your baby’s development? The Tot Play & Learn Sets are created by expert early learning educators to help your baby reach important milestones.
According to the Montessori Method, children enter ‘sensitive periods,’ which are specific time frames in early development when they’re uniquely primed to learn particular skills. Some of these skills include rhythm, organization and reading.
The Tot Play & Learn sets are designed to help you provide your child with the right activities, advice and materials during these important developmental windows. Each set will spark your child’s curiosity, help them to reach important milestones while giving you confidence that you’re creating the best possible play and learning environment for your child.
Activity: Nature Walk
Months: 15 – 18
Toys and Materials: Sensory tray
Milestones: Explores objects in many ways, walks with little or no help
Invite your tot to choose one item from the Sensory Tray. Choose one for yourself as well. Take a child-let nature walk around your backyard or around the block. Let your child walk, even if it’s a very slow and rambling walk! Pause periodically to look at flowers, leaves, etc. through the window of the Sensory Toy.
Activity: Shoot and Score!
Months: 12 – 18
Toys and Materials: Sensory ball and a bucket, basket, or box
Milestones: Responds to simple verbal requests, Throws a ball
Take the Sensory Ball outside. Show your tot how you can throw or drop the ball into a bucket. Invite them to try! They will likely start by dropping the ball in and gradually learn to throw as they watch you.
Activity: Sleep Tight!
Months: 15 – 18
Toys and Materials: Soft comfort toy, Small blanket
Milestones: Partakes in imaginative play, Uses object correctly
Tell your tot you’re going to put their Soft Comfort Toy to bed. Choose a cozy spot like a reading nook or soft rug in your child’s room and lay the toy down, laying a blanket over it and giving it a kiss. Mimic your own child’s bedtime routine and invite them to have a turn putting the toy to bed! You can play other routines like mealtime with the toy as well.
Activity: Color Matching
Months: 15 – 18
Toys and Materials: Stacking Rings, Colored pompoms or paper scraps
Milestones: Responds to simple verbal requests, Explores objects in many ways
Gather a basket of colored pompoms that correspond to the Stacking Ring colors, or use colored paper scraps. Lay the Stacking Rings out in a row. You can use all of them or start with just three to make the game simpler. Place the pompoms inside the matching colored rings. While you do this, name the color, ‘Red pompom inside the red ring’, and so on. When you’ve matched them all, put them back in the basket and invite your child to have a turn! It’s fine if they place them randomly rather than matching the colors.
While talking to your child is really important, try a Montessori-style ‘silent lesson.’ Use little to no words when showing your child a new skill, like color matching, so they can really focus.