The Building blocks of hand-eye coordination

12-18 Months Tips for Parents

The building blocks of hand-eye coordination

How hands-on play helps your little one's motor skills motor on

At around 12–18 months old, your toddler enters their experimental stage of development – where their natural need to touch, feel and play brings on huge benefits and new skills.

With hands-on play leading the way ("Don't touch that" becomes "Why don't you play with this?"), this period of growth is all about building their fine motor skills through play and toys. Handle with care – and fun!

Three steps of hand-eye coordination for your little one

Your little one can look excitedly at their big bag of building block toys and identify the task at hand (literally)

Your toddler takes stock of the blocks and their mind sends signals to the body to get building.

Once their eyes and mind have done their job, they can't wait to get their paws on the good stuff – toys!

Hands up for new skills

Purely through interactive play with baby hand-eye coordination toys – like MEGA BLOKS® or moving push toys like vehicles and trains – your little one improves their dexterity, visual tracking, strength, control and finger flexibility.

Help your toddler's hand-eye coordination

Let your little one fiddle! Kick-start their hand-eye connection by encouraging them to use blocks, puzzles and toys with buttons, knobs and doors. Baby hand-eye coordination toys and playsets with moving vehicles and parts – like the MEGA BLOKS® Green Town™ Charge & Go Bus – are a great place to start. Show them how things work! Help your little one feel and see how items connect. Toy building blocks are the perfect fit for their little hands, and they're easy for your toddler to put together and pull apart (again and again and again).

How your little one will be learning

Banging blocks together, stacking multiple blocks at a time, continuously filling and dumping containers of blocks, rolling toy vehicles back and forth, building block towers; all these little moves are a big deal for your little one's fine motor skills.

This stage is hands down (and hands-on) a fun and important step in your toddler's development. And best of all, it lets them be in charge. The best toys for hand-eye coordination – like building toys and playsets with moving parts – improve your mini's dexterity and motor skills through play. This is a great foundation for many more things they'll learn as they grow.

High fives all around!