What are some fun toys and activities now that my toddler is walking? Activities

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Now that your toddler is upwardly mobile, you might be looking for some new things to do that are developmentally appropriate -- and just plain fun! For your new walker, you'll want to try these activity ideas from experts and moms.

Lots to Do & Learn

"Once they start walking, it's a great opportunity to practice following directions and increasing vocabulary. You can say, 'Go get your hat.' 'Go get Mommy's hat.' 'Go get your diaper.' There's learning and they're moving their body.

"There's also pretend play. You can help your kids set up a pretend store. For example, a toy grocery store where they can pretend to go shopping. Place objects around the room, and they put items in a bag, pushcart, or mini stroller. This helps toddlers...

"Once they start walking, it's a great opportunity to practice following directions and increasing vocabulary. You can say, 'Go get your hat.' 'Go get Mommy's hat.' 'Go get your diaper.' There's learning and they're moving their body.

"There's also pretend play. You can help your kids set up a pretend store. For example, a toy grocery store where they can pretend to go shopping. Place objects around the room, and they put items in a bag, pushcart, or mini stroller. This helps toddlers build on their vocabulary, and they love to go shopping with Mommy.

"Kids this age love brooms and mops or anything to help. You can give them toy ones or they can use real ones.

"Play with cars and trucks. You can push them, and have your child go get them. Stacking toys requires reaching up high to put them up top. It gets them working on balance. They're bending their bodies, leaning over and grabbing." -- Heather Marenda-Miller, MS, CCC-SLP and Amy Wilhelm, MS, CCC-SLP, licensed and certified pediatric speech-language pathologists with Social Scouts, Los Angeles

Activity Table

"I love the standing music activity tables! Little ones can cruise around them and use their speech and motor skills at the same time. Push walkers (NOT baby walkers) are great when they have a wide, stable base and are motivating [to keep them moving]." -- Molly Dresner, certified speech-language pathologist and feeding therapist, New York City

Mini Stroller

"My son was obsessed with a doll stroller he pushed anywhere and everywhere!"

Wagon

"My daughter liked to pull a wagon. Put some weight in it, so it won't tilt."    

Bubbles

"Blowing bubbles is lots of fun at that age! Toddlers love to chase them around."

Toy Lawn Mower

"It's fun for toddlers to mimic their parents by pushing a little lawn mower."

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