Does your 21-month-old have an endless supply of energy? Do they become easily bored and demand your attention throughout the day? Choosing engaging play activities with an educational element needn’t feel daunting. Read this article for some brilliant ideas that won’t take hours to set up or clean up!
21-month-old toddlers are full of energy, they are extremely active and curious, seeing each day as a new adventure. Learning in their world should be fun! It should help to spark their imagination and give them a real sense of adventure. They are at the stage where everything is brand new and exciting. But finding activities that hold their focus and allow them the independence they crave, whilst still giving them mental stimulation, can be challenging.
Research has shown how children at play are absorbed in what they are doing; they are learning without even realising it. They learn to share, take turns, work with others, and problem solve; all essential skills needed for their lives ahead. They learn by imitating adult behaviours, practicing motor skills and processing emotional events, as they learn all about the world around them.
Play is vital for them to learn and develop. It is essential for their social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. It helps their brains to develop and their language and communication skills to mature. It nurtures self-worth by developing a sense of their own abilities and it helps them to feel good about themselves. Try out these ideas and start building more play-based learning into your days!