40 things a 2 year old should be able to do!

Developmental Milestones for 2-Year-Olds

At a Glance

  • Two-year-olds typically learn many new physical skills.

  • Toddlers begin to engage in more pretend play.

  • As children approach age 3, they usually can understand most of what you say to them.

Once your child is 2 years old, you officially have a toddler! And it can be hard not to compare your child with other toddling tots—or have other parents compare their child to yours.

You may not be completely sure what skills are typical at this age, especially if this is your first child. Check out these developmental milestones to get a better idea of which skills are typically expected of a 2-year-old. Keep in mind that children develop at different paces. So if your child is late to do a few of these things, don’t panic.

At Wriggles and Giggles Sessions we repeat activities that will help with all stages of development from birth to 5 years We also help with ideas to take home and parenting tips and techniques. To join a group in Yarm, Darlington, Hartburn, Ingleby Barwick, Newton Aycliffe send us an email info@wrigglesandgigglesnortheast.co.uk

Physical Milestones

This year, children may not only grow by leaps and bounds, but also learn to leap and bound! Expect to see big things happening with the big muscles (gross motor skills), as well as development in small muscle movement (fine motor skills).

Most 2-year-olds learn to do things like these by the end of their third year:

Gross Motor Skills

  • Walk,run, and start learning to jump with both feet

  • Pull or carry toys while walking

  • Throw and kick a ball; try to catch with both hands

  • Stand on tiptoes and balance on one foot

  • Climb on furniture and playground equipment

  • Walk up stairs while holding the railing; may alternate feet

Fine Motor Skills

  • Start brushing own teeth and hair

  • May pull pants up and down

  • Turn on the taps and wash hands

  • Build a block tower of at least four blocks

  • Start practicing snaps and zipping up (if you start the zip)

  • Hold utensils and crayons with fingers instead of a fist, although at this age the grasp still may not be quite right

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Cognitive Milestones

Toddlers start thinking in new ways, learning new skills, finding new techniques to solve problems, and showing their independence. By the end of this year, children typically:

  • Enjoy more complicated pretend play, like pretending that a box is a spaceship or assigning people characters when playing

  • Remember and talk about things that happened in the past, using phrases like “the other day” or “a long time ago”

  • Do three- to four-piece puzzles

  • Group toys by type, size, or colour

  • Recite favorite books and nursery rhymes with you

  • May follow two-step directions, such as “take off your coat and hang it up”

Language Milestones

By the end of the third year, children usually understand much of what you say to them. They’re also talking more. At this age, children can typically:

  • Understand the words for familiar people, everyday objects, and body parts

  • Use a variety of single words by 18 months and speak in sentences of two to four words by 24 months (may combine nouns and verbs, like “mommy eat”); have a vocabulary of 200+ words by 36 months