By 18 Months, most toddlers can:
- Build a tower using 2 cubes
- Use hands together at midline (middle of the body)
- Point with pointer finger
- Hold cup and drink – some spilling will occur
- Remove socks
- Place hats on heads
Parenting Tips for Fine Motor Skills:
You can help with baby developmental milestones. Suggested play to help a baby 16 to 20 months of age develop fine motor skills:
- Let your baby be a chef! Have your baby wash its hands and show it how to tear lettuce or spinach leaves. Remember to tell the family who made the salad.
- Teach knife skills. Using a plastic knife, show your baby how to scoop and spread jelly or butter onto a piece of bread.
- Create edible art. Give your toddler a small container of Cheerios or other round cereal and a clean shoelace or piece of string with tape around the edges to make it stiff. Show your baby how to string the Cheerios, and then eat them.
- Create daily place mats. While you’re busy making dinner, your toddler can be busy making place mats. Drawing is a great activity for his/her little hands.