Little Age - 2

Age 2
Social and Emotional:
  • Copies older peers and parents
  • Gets noticeably excited when with other children
  • Shows more and more independent behavior and wants to feed themselves, dress themselves, or make simple choices
  • Shows defiant behavior (intentionally doing what they have been told not to do)
  • Plays mainly beside other children, but is beginning to include other children (such as in chase games)
Language and Communication:
  • Points to things or pictures when they are named
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Says simple sentences with 2 to 4 clearly distingued words
  • Follows two-step instructions
  • Repeats words overheard in conversation
  • Points to things in a book
Cognitive - Thinking, learning, and problem-solving:
  • Finds things even when hidden under two or three blankets or layers of items
  • Begins to sort shapes and colors
  • Verbally completes sentences and rhymes in familiar books
  • Plays simple make-believe games (such as pretending to be a puppy dog)
  • Builds towers of 4 or more blocks
  • May begin to use one hand more than the other
  • Follows two-step instructions
  • Names easily identifiable items in a picture book (cat, dog, bird, box, book, shirt)
Movement and Physical Development:
  • Stands on tiptoe
  • Kicks a ball
  • Begins to run
  • Climbs onto and down from furniture without help
  • Walks up and down stairs while holding on to side railing (both feet on each step, one step at a time)
  • Throws ball overhand
  • Makes or copies straight lines and circles with their fingers
  • Potty-training
  • Splashes bath water and plays with toys in the bath but does not understand washing concept
  • Can not wipe themselves clean well enough
  • Knows how to move tooth brush on teeth but requires help to actually clean their teeth
  • Playing dress-up with old clothes and costumes
  • Encourage talking to a doll or plush toy
  • Hide-and-seek with toys
  • Very basic Simon Says
Popular, age-appropriate television shows:
  • Harry the Bunny (Netflix)
  • Jack's Big Music Show (Nick Jr.)
  • Numbers Around the Globe (Online)
  • Sesame Street (PBS)
  • Timmy Time (Disney Channel)

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