Diana – March 01, 2017 at 05:57 pm

The Toddler Trifecta: 3 Amazing Things Your Toddler Will Learn in the First 3 Years

Published on 01 March, 2017

Painted walls, hours of fun with cardboard boxes and rib-tickling rounds of blaming their last major boo-boo on Batman or Barbie make good YouTube videos but are also an indication of the development taking place in your child's brain at the pivotal years of 1-3.

The first 1000 days of a child's life (the early years) are a chockful of cognitive development milestones and making it count will really make or break your child's future success. If you think we might be exaggerating its importance, these are just three of the many amazing milestones your toddler is going to hit in his or her early years.

1) They will learn to be creative

To you, the cardboard box is just, well that. To a child, it's a fortress, a basket, a hat or any number of things they can think to do with it. The same goes for the spoon and bowl that has become a drum or whitewashed walls of your home that have become a life size canvas.

It's tempting to chastise them for destroying the furniture or making an unnecessary din but the exploration of daily household objects is a child's first attempt at creatively utilising the things in their environment for innovation: a skill they are sure to need in adulthood.

2) They will learn to problem solve

For a toddler viewing the world with completely fresh eyes, most things are a riddle looking to be solved. How do I wake mum and dad when I am hungry without being able to speak? How do I get a toy I want out of a box or crib? How do I get down from a high bed without hurting myself

Nonetheless, one of the risks of toddler problem-solving is the ever present possibility of failure. A young child unable to measure distance or understand the basic laws of physics can end up causing real damage to himself or something in the house. Allowing your child to safely learn the basics of problem solving is a key component of encouraging toddler development.

3) They will learn to interact in social situations