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Navigating the exciting journey of a 2-year-old's development, spanning from 24 to 36 months, is a dynamic adventure filled with exploration and growth. This meticulously crafted developmental checklist is designed to guide you through the milestones and potential considerations in your child's transformative months.

As the cornerstone of the ABCJesusLovesMe 2 Year Curriculum, this checklist serves as a comprehensive roadmap, providing insights into a child's typical development during this crucial stage. Whether you're an enthusiastic teacher or a devoted parent, explore key developmental areas with this tool. Utilize it effectively, and if any questions arise, seek professional guidance for a deeper understanding of your child's unique developmental journey.

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Physical Development of 2-year-old

  • walks alone, begins to run
  • kicks a ball
  • jumps
  • stands on tiptoe
  • carries toys while walking
  • usually walks heel-toe pattern, not primarly on toes
  • maintains balances over uneven surfaces
  • walks without bumping into objects and people
  • able to throw  overhand and attempts to catch
  • pulls toys behind while walking
  • climbs furniture unassisted
  • coordinates both hands (swing bag, open container)

Play of a 2-year-old

  • participates in small group activities
  • imitates behavior of others
  • enjoys playing with musical toys
  • scribbles on paper
  • explores various play environments
  • builds tower of 4 or more blocks
  • usually plays with toys without mouthing them
  • participates in messy activities leading to dirty hands
  • enjoys swinging/thrown in the air, roughhousing
  • plays with variety of toys and textures
  • enjoys playing near peers or parallel playing
  • turns over container to pour out contents
  • plays simple make-believe games

Sensory & Thinking Skills of a 2-year-old

  • able to maintain eye contact with others
  • able to locate objects pointed to
  • wears new and varied textures of clothing
  • aware of wet diaper or underwear
  • self-calms in car rides when not tired or hungry
  • not fearful of tipping head back or everyday sounds
  • usually self-calms to fall asleep
  • remains calm during haircuts
  • generally happy when not tired or hungry
  • cries and notices when hurt
  • enjoys various textures after multiple exposures
  • can be away from parents when w/ supportive people

Academic Learning of a 2-year-old

  • locates objects of interest
  • sort by shapes and colors
  • enjoys sitting to listen or look at books
  • follows 2-step unrelated directions
  • point to things or pictures when named
  • know names of parents, siblings, body parts
  • turns head in response to name being called
  • simple understand of color, space, and time

Personal Care Development of a 2-year-old

  • enjoys bath time
  • tolerates diaper changes without crying
  • takes appropriate-sized bites of food
  • uses fingertips to pick up small objects
  • has established sleep schedule
  • adapts to changes in routine
  • eats increasing variety of food
  • uses cups and spoon
  • undress self

Language Development of a 2-year-old

  • asks “what” and “where” questions
  • understand basic nouns and pronouns
  • understands “mine” and “yours”
  • understands “why” questions
  • uses “in” and “on”
  • uses 2-4 word phrases
  • 50 word vocabulary
  • uses plurals
  • repeat words
  • follows simple instructions
  • recognizes names of familiar people, objects, and body parts

Be Watchful for...

  • can not walk by 18 months
  • walks exclusively on toes
  • doesn’t speak 15 words
  • doesn’t use 2-word phrases
  • doesn’t imitate actions or words
  • doesn’t follow simple instructions
  • can’t push a wheeled toy
  • lose of skills once mastered

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This article information is pulled from the following sources as well as many years of training. This information is provided as a guide only.  Because every child is different consult your pediatrician as this list is a generalization.

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