Every day, your child is becoming more active and inquisitive about the world. And as their ambition to explore grows, they need to develop physical strength and coordination to follow their latest brilliant new idea.

Centre of the World

This stage of development is sometimes called the ‘egocentric’ because your child still has a long way to go before they understand that they aren’t the centre of the universe. While that means sharing can be a problem, it also means they’re more than happy to enjoy active play alone (for a while) or with you. Something as simple as playing ‘fetch’ outside or indoors is fun and gets your toddler moving.

Climbing in and out

Using a big cardboard box or a play tent and a few objects such as balls, soft toys or chunky figures, you can encourage your child to post the objects in, then clamber in to fetch them out again. Toddlers love getting into boxes or playhouses. At this stage learning is all about experience, so this clambering in and out may be a way that they learn about relative sizes of objects – including themselves!

Chase me, chase me!

From one to two, your child builds an incredible range of physical skills. They learn to walk forwards, backwards and sideways, push and pull, climb stairs. Offering your child lots of inspiration for physical investigation and activity – such as a walker, wooden animal on a pole, play tent or ball pit, or big soft ball – is a great way to help them develop these key coordination skills.

This play idea is great for...

  Physical Development
Getting active is a key way that your toddler learns about themselves and the world. Physical play every day, indoors and outside, is a great foundation for building strength and coordination.
  Discover the world
Your toddler’s horizons are expanding every day. Getting your child out and about, whether its to a bluebell wood, different playground or perhaps a farm park – will give them a great boost: they’ll love it!
  Builds Confidence
Your child is using their new-found and growing coordination and agility to follow their curiosities about the world. Offering your child lots of opportunities to explore, try out and test – together with sympathetic encouragement as they play – is a great way to build their confidence in following their ideas.