Push and Pull

12-18 Months

FromActivities for Responsive Caregiving,  Jean Barbre

What to have – A variety of push-and-pull toys (such as trucks, cars, planes, balls, buggies, and shopping carts) Suggested Books – ABCDrive! by Naomi Howland – Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo – I’m Your Bus by Marilyn Singer – Richard Scarry’s Best First Book Ever! by Richard Scarry

What to do Provide children with a variety of large and small push-and-pull toys. Identify the name and parts of each toy. Choose toys that can be used indoors and outdoors. Make sure to include large, sturdy push-and-pull toys to stabilize children who are learning to walk and stand on their own. Children quickly learn how to play with these toys and begin to direct their own learning. Read the suggested books, introduce the vocabulary words, and sing and chant with the children.

Why LEARNING OUTCOMES Social-Emotional Development – Sense of self – Relationships with peers – Self-regulation – Sharing Physical Development - Gross-motor skills - Fine-motor skills Cognitive Development – Cause and effect – Memory – Spatial awareness – Connecting experiences – Number awareness – Progression of play – Following simple directions Language Development – Receptive language – Expressive language – Connecting words with real-world knowledge – Concept words – Using language in play

For more activities check out
Activities for Responsive Caregiving: Infants, Toddlers, and Twos

By Jean Barbre Copyright 2013 12-18 Months

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