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Intellectual Development - Problem Solving: 18 to 24 months

Intellectual Development means being able to communicate, to think both creatively and abstractly, to pay attention, solve problems, and develop keen judgment and a lifelong readiness to learn.

Emerging Skills
  • Solve simple problems using tools
  • Begin to develop shape and size discrimination
  • Begin to understand that events can be sequenced

  • Comfort

    Through the comfort and responsiveness of an adult, toddlers will learn how to handle their emotions and how to seek help when needed.

    Parents Can:
  • Be sensitive to their toddler's frustration as she explores and may feel challenged by objects or events
  • Child Will:
  • Trust that she can depend on you for comfort and support when needed
  • Feel safe and secure
  • Have her feelings validated

  • Parents Can:
  • Follow their toddler's lead when playing, allowing him to be the director of the activities
  • Child Will:
  • Begin to develop a sense of control about what he does
  • Begin to feel that you value his efforts
  • Feel confident enough to take risks while playing, and secure in the knowledge that you are there if a problem should arise

  • Play

    Through opportunities for play, toddlers will experience joyful, free, spontaneous moments of fun while also learning about themselves and others.

    Parents Can:
  • Provide different size containers for sand play
  • Child Will:
  • Explore size relationships in objects
  • Explore how size and shape effect quantity
  • Experiment with concepts of full and empty

  • Parents Can:
  • Provide different objects for squeezing during bath time
  • Child Will:
  • Enjoy squeezing sponges or old shampoo bottles, and watching how the water drips, pours or trickles
  • Begin to see how different objects produce different responses
  • Practice experimenting to find out what happens with certain actions

  • Parents Can:
  • Point out familiar sounds when walking or playing outside, such as car horns, fire truck sirens and dog barks
  • Child Will:
  • Begin to distinguish different sounds
  • Begin to group animal sounds as opposed to mechanical sounds

  • Teach

    Through routines, and emotionally and physically safe and secure environments, toddlers can learn how to think, solve problems and communicate.

    Parents Can:
  • Use routines as an opportunity to point out sequences of events, for example, "First we get dressed, and then we eat breakfast."
  • Child Will:
  • Begin to understand temporal relations, such as "first," "then" and "after"
  • Begin to have a sense about sequences of events and routines

  • Parents Can:
  • Provide simple form board or shape sorter (no more than 3 shapes)
  • Child Will:
  • Use trial and error experimentation in fitting the correct shape into the matching hole
  • Practice distinguishing differences among circle, square and triangle
  • Learn to match shapes

  • Social Development: 18 to 24 months
    Emotional Development: 18 to 24 months
    Intellectual Development - Language: 18 to 24 months
    Intellectual Development - Numeracy: 18 to 24 months

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