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Toddlers : Development

Updated: Oct 19



Generally, in pre-schoolers there is progressive acquisition of new skills.

· Preschoolers are striving for independence and gaining competence in such activities as tying their shoelaces, brushing their teeth and pouring milk.

· A preschooler’s oral motor development and manual dexterity should be considered, so that foods of appropriate texture, consistency and ease of eating are chosen for them energy.


· Sitting still for more than a few minutes might be difficult. Pre-schoolers need plenty of time for active play and opportunities to develop gross motor coordination more effective communication.


· Language is important. Peers become increasingly important. Most preschoolers enjoy sharing food with friends and carers a keen curiosity. ‘Why’ has usually replaced ‘no’ as the favourite spoken word.


· The kitchen provides an opportunity for experiments, crafts, and participation in food preparation comfort with the familiar but willingness to try new challenges. Food fads are common currently.

· Preschoolers might insist on having a food prepared in a particular way for several days then, once it has been experienced to the full, become infatuated with another food. This has been called ‘fussiness’, but it is actually characteristic of normal development. Although variety may be limited while the fad persists, the pre-schooler is gradually expanding their food choices.


· Pre-schoolers showed significant levels of nutrition knowledge.... They were able to identify foods of higher nutrient density as being ones to use to make their doll ‘grow bigger and stronger’