12-24 months / 24-36 months: How to play with him?

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From the age of 12 months you will be able to share new experiences with your baby such as creative activities. It is also a very rich time for him. Your child acquires and discovers new sensations, such as walking for example. To know which game to offer, you must first understand its rhythm and respect the different stages of its development. Small decoding with Carole de Langlais, osteopath D.O. 

12-24 months / 24-36 months: How to play with him?

How old should he start walking?

Walking occurs around 13-14 months on average. But there are no rules, if not, there's no need to worry, it just means that your child is not ready. It is not yet at this stage of its development or is developing something else at that time.


From 12 months old, what type of game can I offer him?

We have seen that between 6 and 12 months of age, your baby has begun to develop fine motor skills. At 12-18 months it is now the right time to introduce him to more manual activities. For example, books. He will look at the contrasting 2D images again. Children are particularly receptive to books. There are books with small lozenges that make noise, music... You can also offer your child books to touch. The latter offer different textures, which are very interesting at this period of its development.


As he grows older, will he get bored more slowly? Can he be attentive for longer?

Your child now has a longer concentration time. Manual activities such as modelling clay or salt clay will help him build up his fingers. This will be useful for his fine motor skills. And if we see further, it will also help him later on in the holding of the pencil and therefore in writing.


Can we make him discover his senses more?

Yes, you can suggest that he do some painting for example. If you feel that he is a little too impressed by the fact of touching this new material, there is the "clean paint" version. This is a Montessori inspired sensory activity. It allows the child to develop his senses by tapping the material without having contact with his skin. The sheet and paint are inside a hermetically sealed plastic sheet. An activity that is easy to prepare, requires little equipment and no cleaning.

The "rain stick" type games are very interesting for his age. Your child will be able to hear different sounds. For example, you can fill small bottles with rice, seeds or water. Be careful that your child cannot open the container so as not to put anything in his mouth. You can also present musical instruments to her while accompanying her.


18-24 months: A new step?

Your child's abilities are constantly evolving. Around 18 months of age, he began to acquire vocabulary. He is beginning to take initiatives and has a much better command of coordination.


What kind of game would be best for this age?

Around 18-24 months, I recommend building sets. You propose to your child to stack cubes, blocks. The objects must be big enough, so that he can have a good grip with his hands. Therefore, favour stacking and embedding sets.


Do I always have to go with him, help him in his games?

Indeed, around 18-24 months, your child has reached a stage where he needs to experiment on his own. This will also allow him to develop his imagination. Even if now you offer him more specific activities, so a little more complicated, he is able to try and experiment on his own. But always stay close by, of course!


Can I continue to offer him the activities he liked to do smaller?

It often happens that the child has this reaction. He can do the same activities as before, since he will now do them differently. When your child returns to an already known activity, he feels more comfortable, more confident, so his perception will be different, which will help him gain confidence. It will even be interesting to observe its evolution. For example, in small sections, it happens that the child is asked to draw a man every month of the school year. At the end of the year, we see the child's evolution throughout the year.


Then around 2- 3 years old, we can offer them what kind of games?

Imitation and imagination games such as dinette or disguises are interesting at this age. Games that require precision, observation but also a little patience like puzzles or scissor handling...
To make sure you are not mistaken, I always advise you to rely on the ages indicated on the game box. Your child may have small gaps, but the watchword is not to precede his child's achievements.