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Toddlers Art Time


And they're off! What a fun time for you and your little one, we know it feels like just yesterday they were newborns and spending most of the day sleeping, but now they are starting to develop a personality and are enthusiastic when it comes to discovering the world around them.

At Ivy Prep we want to make sure our toddlers are given the opportunity to safely explore the classroom. We understand toddlers do not have a very long attention span; our teachers enjoy planning a variety of projects and games to encourage them to continue learning during their day with us. Here are some important milestones we look for:


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  • Shows affection for adults through facial expressions and gestures.
  • Responds to adults’ verbal greetings.
  • Smiles spontaneously at other children.
  • Communicates needs with vocalizations and gestures.
  • Actively observes surroundings.
  • Attempts to complete basic daily living tasks.
  • Shares objects or toys with peers.
  • Signals needs with sounds or motions.
  • Shows interest by exploring and manipulating objects.
  • Selects a book, toy, or item from several options.
  • Displays recognition and excitement about game or toys from previous day.
  • Tracks people and objects by moving head as they move.
  • Focuses on reader or story teller for brief periods of time.
  • Communicates needs through single-word speech.
  • Responds to own name.
  • Points to objects when named.
  • Follow single-step directions.
  • Uses single words to express thoughts and ideas.
  • Attempts to position pictures in a book right side up.
  • Shows pleasure when read to.
  • Makes strokes on paper with a paint brush.
  • Walks.
  • Walking holding onto furniture.
  • Consistently reaches for toys, objects, and bottles with both hands.
  • Hand to mouth movements show increasing coordination with self-feeding.
  • Turns pages of large book.
  • Begins to eat table food.
  • Assists with hand washing.
  • Follows some consistently set rules and routines.
  • Make choices when given options.
  • Uses objects as intended.
  • Recognizes people, animals, or objects in pictures or photographs.
  • Begins make-believe play.
  • Understands the concept of “more” in reference to food or play.
  • Distinguishes between near and far.