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Things That a 20-Month-Old Should Learn

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author image Jennifer Cutler
Jennifer Cutler is a licensed educator in Virginia and has experience in both private and public schools. She has a Masters degree in Multicultural Education from Eastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with concentrations in early childhood, teaching English as a second language and anthropology.
Things That a 20-Month-Old Should Learn
At 20 months, many toddlers can walk and run well. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Every toddler develops at his own pace, and there is a wide range of normal when it comes to developmental milestones. There are activities that can promote learning for 20-month-olds and help them develop appropriately, as well as provide bonding opportunities for the whole family.

Bedtime Routines

Things That a 20-Month-Old Should Learn
Bedtime routines should start very early so children know what to expect. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images

Bedtime routines should start very early so children know what to expect and it becomes a positive experience for your toddler. Changing into pajamas, brushing teeth and reading a story should all be part of the routine. At 20 months, your toddler is old enough to choose a book to share and say one or two words about a picture in a book. Making animal sounds or finishing sentences from a favorite story are common abilities at this age. Reading a story at bedtime helps develop your toddler's language, as he can learn up to 10 new words a day.

Helping Out

Things That a 20-Month-Old Should Learn
At 20 months, your toddler loves to copy what he sees you doing. Photo Credit Jack Hollingsworth/Digital Vision/Getty Images

At 20 months, your toddler loves to copy what he sees you doing. Toys that mimic adult work are very entertaining at this stage, and he loves to help sweep, vacuum or do the dishes right alongside you. Simple jobs with basic directions, such as putting blocks into a bin, are appropriate at this age. Be careful to make the directions very basic by avoiding multiple steps. You toddler loves to interact with you, so he will appreciate your praise of his efforts.

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Art

Things That a 20-Month-Old Should Learn
Most 20-month-old toddlers can scribble with a crayon and enjoy creating on a sheet of paper. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Most 20-month-old toddlers can scribble with a crayon and enjoy creating on a sheet of paper. Nontoxic finger-painting can also be enjoyable at this stage. Since toddlers enjoy smearing food, most enjoy using the same smearing technique to create art. It is wise to do this in a high chair to contain the mess and to tape down a sheet of wax paper over the high chair tray to protect it. Place the paper over the wax paper for the toddler to use.

Playtimes

Things That a 20-Month-Old Should Learn
Toddlers at this age are very interested in peer groups. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Toddlers at this age are very interested in peer groups and play dates but often play alongside other children rather than engaging in play together. Huggies recommends that 20-month-old toddlers not have more than one structured activity a day, as so much learning and entertainment is created by their own innovative ideas and free play. Your toddler will often talk to toys, animals or even inanimate objects, and this is all part of the learning process and shouldn't be discouraged.

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