Strong Families from the Start

Ages 2 to 3

Your childs milestones from ages 2 to 3:

Social and Emotional
Copies others, especially adults and older children
Gets excited with other children
Shows more independence
Shows defiant behavior (doing what he has been told not to)
Plays with other children, such as in chase games

Language/Communication
Points to things or pictures when they are named
Knows names of familiar people and body parts
Says sentences with 2 to 4 words
Follows simple instructions
Repeats words overheard in conversation
Points to things in a book

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
Finds things even when hidden under two or three covers
Begins to sort shapes and colors
Completes sentences and rhymes in familiar books
Plays simple make-believe games
Builds towers of 4 or more blocks
Follows two-step instructions such as “Pick up your shoes and put them in the closet.”
Names items in a picture book such as a cat, bird, or dog

Movement/Physical Development
Stands on tiptoe
Kicks a ball
Begins to run
Climbs onto and down from furniture without help
Walks up and down stairs holding on
Makes or copies straight lines and circles

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