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Things to do with 21 Month Old Toddler

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Micah is a brilliant little child. He is 21 months old. He can:

  • Count from 1 to 6 skip to 9 then 10
  • Knows, says, sings, and recognizes all the ABCs (Struggles with W… he thinks it’s M)
  • Match colors
  • Match shapes
  • Knows his basic shapes: Triangle, Square, Star, Circle, Moon, Heart
  • Knows his colors: Green, Blue, Purple, Orange, Yellow, Red
  • Knows animals and animal sounds: Cow, Pig, Duck, Sheep, Dog, Cat, Elephant, Giraffe, Penguin, Fish, Lion, Tiger, Bear… oh my! The list goes on.
  • Loves to read pictures in his book (example: A – Apple, B – Ball…)
  • He loves to point out letters and numbers where ever we go!
  • He loves to count his toy cars
  • He loves to sign to songs: Wheels on the Bus, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbean, Nephi’s Courage, Wise Man/Foolish Man, I love to see the Temple, Open Shut Them, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes… are just a few of his favorites.
  • He knows the difference between a: fire truck, race car, ambulance, bus, train, tractor, van
  • He can make different noises for “car sounds”: Beep Beep! Boom! Vroom! Zoom! 
  • He can spend an hour organizing things

Micah has always done well to routines and he is really good with verbal prompts: 

  • Are you hungry?
  • Are you tired?
  • It’s nap time, close your eyes and go to sleep.
  • It’s night night time
  • It’s still night night time (for the odd times he wakes up in the night)
  • Close the door
  • Go back to your room
  • Clean up your toys
  • Do you want water?
  • Do you want to read a book?
  • Say “Bye Bye” to ______ (We say bye bye to everything)
  • Dada has to go “Bye Bye”
  • Can you say Hi?
  • Fold your arms
  • It’s time to pray

Lately, I’ve realized that Micah needs to be playing, stimulated, or learning every minute of the day. Whenever he gets bored then he starts throwing a tantrum. He needs more than just play time with toys. I recently felt inspired to add structure into his daily routine by making his play time into learning time. I try hard to make sure Micah never gets bored.  It has worked so well! Here are some ideas I’ve come up with:

  • Singing Time
  • Story Time
  • Homemade Car Mat
  • Matching Colors with his toys
  • I spy games
  • Name the object game
  • Homemade ABC flashcards
  • Homemade Shape Matching
  • Homemade Puzzles
  • Water Play Time
  • Cooking Time
  • Laundry Time
  • Cleaning Time
  • Building Blocks
  • Counting Toys
  • Youtube Time
  • Scripture Study Time
  • Snack Time (Creative Snacks)
  • Library
  • Park
  • Playing with Balls
  • Building Forts
  • Zoo

I will alternate activities throughout the day and week. It has worked so well that Micah wants his own free time. The last few days he has been going into his room for 30 to 45 minutes and he’ll close his door to play with his toys by himself. I didn’t know what to do with myself! I thought he was making trouble but really he just wanted time to himself. 🙂

What do you do with your toddlers?

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Happy 18 Months Micah!

I can’t believe Micah is now 18 months. Woot! He is old enough to go to Nursery at church now. How exciting! Now we just need a bunch of nursery aged kids to move into the branch so there can actually be a nursery. 🙂

At 18 months Micah likes:

  • Lasagna, Ham Fried Rice, Pesto, Eggs, Sandwiches and Cold Cereal (He could live off of cereal)
  • European Chocolate, Ice Cream, and Cheesecake
  • Push Cars, Buggies and Trolleys (aka Shopping Cart in the USA)
  • Knock on doors on our street like a missionary
  • Chasing the seagulls and pigeons
  • Go down the slide and be on the swing
  • Conduct music in church and FHE
  • Ipad (he’s a little obsessed)
  • Gigglebellies and Other YouTube videos
  • To read books (sometimes we have to read all his books before he goes to bed)
  • To pray!

Micah can say:

  • In English: Mama, Dad, Ball, Car, Dog, Baby, Whee!, No, Oh oh, Temple, Jesus, Ipad, Moo, Quack Quack, Oink Oink
  • In Portuguese: Agua, Orar, Pexies

Micah can sign:

  • Milk, Airplane, Teddy, Bus, Pray, Book, Spider, Telephone, Hello/Bye, “Yay!”
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Wheels on the Bus
  • Popcorn Popping
  • Jesus Wants me for a Sunbeam
  • Patty Cake
  • Hop you Bunnies
  • Do you Ears Hang Low
  • This Little Piggy
  • Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
  • When You’re Happy and You Know It

Micah can point out:

  • Bellybutton, Ears, Nose, Head, Shoulder, Knee, Fingers (he thinks his fingers bunnies), Toes (he thinks his toes are piggies)

Micah can follow instructions:

  • Set the table
  • Put groceries in the fridge
  • Find his shoes, socks, and jacket
  • Put laundry in the washer
  • Put something in the trash
  • Go wash your hands
  • Go to the potty
  • Go brush your teeth (He loves brushing his teeth!)
  • Clean up
  • Blow on the food, it’s hot
  • It’s time to say “Bye Bye”
  • It’s “Night Night” time

Micah can answer:

  • Are you hungry?
  • Do you want some juice?
  • Are you tired?
  • Do you want to take a bath? (In Chinese)
  • Do you want some milk? (In Chinese)

Here is are the pictures I took of at 18 months photo shoot. I’m very please by how these pictures turned out!