An 18-month-old child continues to develop and grow in many areas. The average child by 18 months is walking, saying a few words, and is becoming more independent. Curiosity is a big thing for 18-month-olds. They want to know about everything. Crafts are a good way to expose them to new ideas, experiences and to help answer their questions. At this age, crafts require the assistance of their parents or guardians.
Egg Carton Caterpillar
Your 18-month-old can practice fine motor skill development by decorating her own egg carton caterpillar. Cut the egg carton in half so there are four cups. Turn over the cups. Poke two holes in the front to insert pipe cleaners for the antennae. Your toddler can use thick markers to color eyes, a nose and mouth on her caterpillar. She can also decorate the rest of the caterpillar with markers.
Using fabric paints, a dish towel and paintbrushes, you can help your 18-month-old create his own hand prints. Lay a dish towel flat on a table. Put some fabric paint on a paper plate and dip the child's hands in the paint. Press his hands on to the towel to make the hand prints. Write the his name and the date of his prints on the bottom of the towel with a marker.
Paper Bag Puppets
Make a paper bag frog with your 18-month-old. To develop fine motor skills, let your toddler attempt to cut some of the circles out using round tipped safety scissors.
Cut green circles out of a piece of green construction paper, legs and arms for the frog, and green tabs for eyes. Cut two white circles out for the eyes, small enough to place on the green eye tabs. Cut two smaller black circles for the center of the eyes. Have your toddler use a glue stick to glue all the green circles, arms and legs to the bag. You can glue the eyes on.
Gather a 12 oz. clear plastic cup, 1 Tb. grass seed, 1 1/4 cups of potting soil and decorations like foam stickers, markers, and construction paper. Talk to your child about measuring as you prepare the supplies. Your 18-month-old can do many of the steps in this project.
Place potting soil into the plastic cup. Press the grass seed down into the soil. Add a little water. Decorate the face of the cup making eyes, nose and a mouth. Water every other day and wait for the grass to grow to make hair for your plant pal.
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