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Develop your Toddler’s Learning Ability (13 months to 3 years) – MOVER SKILLS

Well-developed Mover skills give even small children the confidence they need to get the most enjoyment from group situations. The coordinated toddler usually emerges as the first, the quickest and the best at physical activities, becoming a magnet of sorts for her playmates. As such, all toddlers regardless of learning style can profit from large muscle activities. This is simple enough with Mover toddlers, who will be thrilled with any sort of body contact and gross motor play you suggest. Listeners and Lookers though will probably need some encouragement in form of either conversation or visual stimulation, as the case may be. Perhaps you’ll be able to use some of these suggestions.

Enhancing a Toddler’s existing MOVER Skills

  • A backyard swing set offers the opportunity for frequent active play.
  • Big Building Blocks, provide big light weight interlocking blocks that are great for large-scale building.
  • For variety, exchange riding toys with friends’ children.
  • Enroll in a parent and child swimming class.
  • Throwing, catching and kicking sponge balls is a great exercise for toddlers.
  • An afternoon at a local park will thrill your Mover. Allow her to swing and go down the slide – with you close by for safety, of course.
  • Enroll your toddler in a gymnastics program or provide a tumbling mat at home for rolling and somersaulting practice.
  • A Tricycle enables your Mover to have a ride.
  • Provide a child-sized broom, watering can and a shovel to encourage your toddlers imitative play.
  • Make a balance beam from a two-by four inch board. Lay the board on the ground and encourage your child to walk along with arms outstretched.

Encouraging the development of MOVER Skills in toddlers who are LOOKERS

  • Be sure to provide your toddler with plenty of holding, rocking and stroking.
  • Practice climbing up and down with your toddler, placing just one foot on each step and moving the other foot ahead to the next step. Be sure to hold her hand if she seems fearful.
  • Assign your to her own garden spot in which she can dig, squirt the hose, play with rocks and pull weeds.
  • Invest in a wagon or stroller so that your toddler can give rides to her favorite doll or stuffed animal.
  • Provide an inflatable outdoor pool to promote water play. Naturally, an adult should always be in attendance.
  • A playground is the perfect place for hesitant toddlers to observe and eventually attempt, such large – muscle feats as climbing and balancing.
  • Get a toddler sized car that moves via a child’s footsteps rather than pedaling.
  • Provide a steel-framed riding pony for climbing, bouncing and rocking.
  • Add a visual touch to cycling by decorating your child’s tricycle with colored spoke covers, a basket and handlebar grips with streamers.
  • Get a Bowling set, when the see-through pins get knocked down, colorful balls jump and clatter inside.

Encouraging the development of MOVER Skills in toddlers who are LISTENERS

  • Create a special outdoor play area for your toddler, equipped with her own toys, to encourage active play.
  • March to music, alternating arms and legs, to improve your child’s coordination.
  • Make a game of pantomiming such everyday actions as vacuuming, shaving or opening a window, and have your toddler guess what you’re doing.
  • Sing and act out the favorite, “This is the way we sweep the floor” ( touch our toes, climb the stairs. Etc)
  • Provide a wheelbarrow to encourage outdoor play. Suggest your toddler to collect various items in the cart from around the house.
  • Using a appliance carton, make a play house, complete with doors and windows that open and shut. Encourage your toddler to crawl inside as you play “family” together.
  • Place materials of different textures in a pan, sandbox style. Rice, beans, water and oat flakes are great fun to scoop and pour.
  • Play “marching band” with rhythm instruments like wood blocks. A drum, cymbals or a triangle.
  • Play bouncing, kicking and throwing with light weight durable balls that are easy to grab with little hands.


As you scan the above lists and your neighborhood toy store for those activities that would best suit your toddler, other skill-building ideas may strike you. I urge you to try them out! You’ve already identified your child’s learning style and you’ve also learned how to blend what she like with what she needs. Most, important, you know her temperament better than anyone, so don’t be afraid to experiment with variations. After all, no single idea is right for every parent and child.


Although you may find that your toddler takes to a new toy or technique immediately, it’s just as likely that she will resist or ignore a new item or activity the first few times you try it. Please don’t be concerned. You can expect visible improvement of your toddler’s weaker skills to take some time. Remember that your primary goal is a confident, well rounded child. And as you gently shape your child’s learning experiences, also keep sight of a second goal: an improved parent-child relationship that’s shorter on frustration and longer on good old-fashioned fun!!!


Read my other articles for complete understanding of your CHILDS Learning Skills.

How to Develop Toddler’s LISTNER Skills.

How to Develop Toddler’s MOVER Skills.

How to maximize Toddler’s LOOKER Skills.

To Take a Quick Check of your child’s Learning Styles, click the links below.

Learning Styles in INFANCY Quick Check (Birth to 12 months).

Learning Styles Quick Check in Toddlers (13 months to 3 years).

Learning Style Quick Check in Preschooler (3-5 years).

Learning Style Quick Check for Kindergarteners (5-6 years).

Learning Style Quick Check for Grade 1 (6-7 years).

Learning Style Quick Check for Primary Scholar (9-10 years).

Learning Style Quick Check for Teenager (13-14 years).

Learning style Quick Check for Parents.

See How you can ENHANCE and DEVELOP various skills of your Child during various stages, click the links below.

Infancy  (Birth to 12 months).

Toddler (13 months to 3 years).

Preschooler (3-5 years).

Kindergarteners (5-6  years).

Grade 1 (6-7 years).

Primary Scholar (9-10 years).

Teenager (13-14 years).

To determine your personal learning style and its influence on your child, click the links below.

Take the learning style Quick Check for parents.

PARENTS Learning Styles and Life Styles Quick check

Why Identify and Modify Learning Style

How Parental Learning style influences a Child’s style



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