Toddlers are becoming more interested in other people and are learning more social skills.
Managing toddler behaviour
Toddlers want to be in control and call the shots, and problems can arise when they're around another child who's a similar age. Their feelings can be intense and they use their whole body to show how they're feeling.
It’s important to be specific and clear about expectations at this stage. Children live in the ‘here and now’ and it doesn't work if our instructions focus too much on the future or the past – for example, say ‘No scratching! That really hurts’ and remove the child straightaway, while comforting the other child if they need it.
Toddlers need open-ended play activities that allow for movement. They don't always need toys. Water play, play dough, sand and earth are good because tamariki can play with them on their own or they can be shared. Guessing games, dancing, chasing or hide-n-seek where everyone can join in can also work well.
Pretend play will also appeal to toddlers and suit their love of interaction and change.