Stages of Physical Growth and Development in Toddlers



This lesson discusses toddler development skills and growth patterns, as well as methods for encouraging physical development in toddlers through play. It addresses diet and weight issues, such as malnutrition and childhood obesity. It also discusses indicators of growth and physical development delays in toddlers and provides guidelines for child care providers to follow when approaching parents about developmental delays. This lesson focuses on the physical developmental skills and growth patterns of children 18 to 36 months of age.


IDENTIFY the physical motor development skills of toddlers.

IDENTIFY growth patterns of toddlers.

RECALL activities and toys that encourage physical development in toddlers.

RECALL indicators of physical development delays.

RECALL signs of malnutrition.

RECALL causes and warning signs of childhood obesity.

RECALL general guidelines for communicating with families regarding developmental delays.