Music and art help remind us of the beauty of the world, and your toddler is already excited to explore all about the creative arts. She’s learning about her favorites – songs, music, picture books – and she wants to share all those experiences with you. Whether it’s a kitchen dance party, a car sing-a-long, or a book reading extravaganza, she’s all in.
The phrase “dance like no one is watching” was probably made for toddlers, so encourage her natural inhibitions! From swing music to rap to pop, she’ll enjoy a taste of it all. Whether it’s in her bedroom or the public library, supply her with a wide variety of bright, colorful books. And although finger paints may be messy, your little artist will love creating her very own masterpieces with them!
Music Makes Me Happy.
Turn up the music, and watch him turn up his dance moves! From salsa to soft rock, he’ll move and groove and sing along with his favorites. Give him a couple of sticks and a little rock and roll, and he’ll probably pound out the beat as best he can. Dancing, drumming, and dreaming — your toddler is discovering his inner musical genius!
I Can Dance Like No One’s Watching!
Just like a mini Jennifer Beals, she’s a maniac on the dance floor! The dance floor might actually be your kitchen or car or the park next door, but nevertheless, she loves to move every part of her body to whatever beat you provide. Introduce her to different types of music and let her discover what moves her most.
Show Me All Your Colors!
Does he have a favorite picture book? One he requests again and again? Does he have another he’d prefer to throw across the room? No worries — your toddler is learning about what he likes in the world of visual arts… and what he doesn’t. Similarly, he may love play dough and loathe finger paints. Continue to let your little Picasso explore and expand. His artistic future depends on it!
I’m Getting My Move On.
The cow says “moo,” and the pig says “oink.” How do you know for sure? Your toddler will tell you! She loves imitating her favorite animals — complete with animated facial expressions. And when she’s playing alone – which she’s doing more often now — you may find her acting out scenes from the barnyard or the playground or from her favorite movie. Play along with her to see her imagination soar!
All children learn and grow at their own pace and in their own way. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.