12-18 months

Children are understanding their surroundings more and getting used to routines and object permanence. Playing games involving hiding and finding objects can be fun and develop their memory and concentration.
Independent play is starting to feature more as they grow in confidence and ability.

In order to keep strengthening muscles, any activities that use the legs and arms are ideal.

Songs, books and visuals are all great at this age to stimulate language and creativity.

The grip is maturing and children can pick up small objects with their thumb and forefinger although most will still prefer to hold things with their whole hand.
Children will start to understand what some words or simple instructions mean.

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