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Gross Motor for Young Toddlers

When you sit and watch a young toddler, you really can see just how busy they are. They are driven to move. Often, I've noticed that Nora is completely unable to sit even for something she loves. For parents, this can be extremely frustrating especially if you expect them to be still.

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Young toddlers {12 to 18 months} are right in the middle of the sensitive period for gross motor. They have an internal drive to move that they physically cannot control. They actually can't be still. Therefore, it's important to provide some outlet for them to move, to run, to climb, to jump, and to throw. Developing these gross motor skills is essential to their ability to focus on other skills later.


There are so many Montessori friendly things that can help toddlers meet this need to move. From a simple ball, to small bikes, this gross motor need can be met inside and outdoors. We don't have all of these things; and I don't think it's necessary to, as long as you provide opportunities for movement. My favorite, hands down, is the walker wagon. Nora has used this daily since she was six-months-old. 


Even without things, gross motor play can be easily achieved. Couch cushions on the floor! Opening and closing a door. A milk jug with some water to haul around. Or, even a cardboard box. Even simpler -- a walk outside! 


Even when its frustrating, remember that it's normal for a young toddler to never.stop.moving or to be more interested in climbing a shelf than using the materials on it. Feed that drive and the rest will come later!  

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Thank you so much for your advices and ideas which are so inspiring !!! I love to discover your blog and repeat some of your work with my baby boy, it’s a chance for us that you let us use all of your ideas.

Merryl

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