Ages 12-15 Months

Following are information, activities and resource links for the five main areas of development for infants ages 12-15 months old.

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5 Areas of Development


Communication Skills

  • Child may show understanding by pointing or may
    point to show needs/wants
  • Responds to the “Give me…” command
  • Follows simple directions (“Go get your shoes”)
  • May say or shake head “no”
  • May say “mommy,” “daddy,” and a few other
  • May start to name familiar objects

Fine Motor Skills

  • Builds tower with 2-4 blocks
  • Scribbles on paper
  • Takes small objects in and out of a container
  • May play pattycake and slap a “high five”

Gross Motor Skills

  • May walk with the help of a push toy or holding on
    to furniture
  • May walk on own, if not do not worry; some
    children may still need help from you

Personal Social Skills

  • Will want to try to do things on their own, tries to
    help when you’re putting on and removing clothes
  • Hands books to adult when child wants to read
  • Has favorite things and people

Problem Solving Skills

  • Will start to imitate actions of adults
  • Finds hidden things easily
  • “Uses” household objects phone, remote controls,
    vacuum cleaner


Communication Activities

  • Read books daily, point to and name pictures,
    encourage your child to imitate you
  • Play games that involve following directions; “throw
    the ball to me”
  • Name people, places and things that your child sees
    each day; talk about/describe them
  • Point to and name your child’s body parts during
    baths and dressing; encourage your child to say the

Fine Motor Activities

  • Allow child to build with blocks of various sizes and
  • Provide opportunities to “draw”; provide crayons,
    chalk, markers
  • Help your child put small objects into a container and
    take out again

Gross Motor Activities

  • Allow opportunities to build muscle strength by
    crawling, climbing, walking in a safe environment
  • Play catch with child using various size and texture
  • Show child how to climb up and down stairs safely;
    start with crawling and move to standing holding on
    to wall or rail. Stay with your child as they practice

Personal Social and Problem Solving Activities

  • Provide plastic bowls, measuring cups and containers
    of different sizes to be stacked and nested inside
    each other
  • Give child real objects that are safe for play such as
    plastic bowls and spoons, an old phone to talk into, a
    small broom, a dust cloth to allow the child to imitate
    actions of adults
  • Give a plastic doll to wash, show how to feed and
    take care of the doll