Physical Skills - Large Motor Movement
Toddlers are very active. As soon as they get on their feet, they seem to want to use their large muscles to walk, run, climb, and be on the go. Toddlers are also using small muscles to make their hands do many new and controlled motions. These activities help toddlers practice their motor development in fun and safe ways.
Make sure to provide a lot of play space where toddlers can move easily, whether indoors or outside. All climbing and riding toys (no-pedal type) must be safe and age appropriate for very young children. They should be low, no higher than 1 - 1 1/2 feet off the ground. Have a soft surface underneath, such as mats, sand, grass in case of falls. In addition to riding toys, provide lots of balls, pull toys, and even a balance board on the ground for walking practice. Make sure to hold the toddler's hands to help with balance.
Young toddlers love to imitate adults and older children. Play some music and play a copycat game where the child mimics your actions. Ask them to wave their arms, rock from side to side, nod their head, stamp their feet, shake their hands, and so on.
Another fun activity and one that toddlers love is playing with boxes. Place two or three large cartons in the middle of the room. Let the children climb in and out, crawl through like a tunnel (if the openings are cut out), or just sit inside. Leave the boxes out for free play whenever possible.