The ‘terrible twos’ is the growing phase in a child that spans somewhere between 1 to 3 years. This is the stage where the child is learning to talk, walk, have opinions, emotions, sharing and giving etc. It is a stage when the baby has grown and is developing individualistic traits and will naturally want to explore their environment and regularly bounces between reliance on adults and a desire for independence. It is a stage that most toddlers will go through in varying degrees and undoubtedly a difficult period for both parent and toddler.
What can a mother or father do to ease these developmental challenges?
- It is important to make this phase fulfilling and create wonderful memories for the child. One of the most creative ways is to provide learning toys that will go a long way in aiding the process and making the transformation a joyous one. There are various toys in the market for this challenging early childhood passage:-
- Toddlers love to take things apart, put together, pull out, put in and add on. Parents can find toys that have features that will provide the child with independence as well as social skills and creative thought processes. Parents can find toys that engage the toddler in building and playing.
- Pretend play toys that activate a child’s imagination and where the child can have imaginative roles and role play with doctors tools, kitchen tools, fireman, pirate play, vets doctor, building tools and such like engaging activities are extremely important.
- Provide the child with toys that develop motor skills, problem solving skills and real play such as musical toys keys, dress-up clothes, musical instruments,
- Introduce them to the world of books; get ready to read toys and also doodling and writing like toys books, magnetic alphabet letters, water magic books, tracing, activity cards and art supplies like markers, crayons, and fingerpaints that will help your child develop early writing and reading skills.
- During this stage free play is also encouraged. Child will appreciate toys that provide physical skills and get the child to be active. Hand and foot balls of different shapes and sizes, walkers, tricycles or three-wheeled scooters, plastic bowling sets, child-size basketball hoop, push and pull-toys), wagon to fill and pull, gardening tools to dig and rake with, tents or moving boxes to make tunnels to crawl through
- It is also important to engage toddlers with toys that nurture cross-generational play. Such toys provide social skills and create bonds and strengthen family units “family game night” or weekend games when all family members play together. Get Games that encourage counting, matching, and memory skills, as well as listening skills and self-control (as children learn to follow the rules). Family game nights nurture language and relationship-building skills as well as teaching children to be gracious winners and how to cope with losing.