Milestones for your Two Year Old Preschooler

        Important Milestones:

        Your Child at Two Years

        How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by his or her 2nd birthday.

        What most Preschoolers do at this age:

        Social and Emotional

        • Copies others, especially adults and older children
        • Gets excited when with other children
        • Shows more and more independence
        • Shows defiant behavior (doing what he has been told not to)
        • Plays mainly beside other children, but is beginning to include other children, such as in chase games


        • 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
        • Might use one hand more than the other
        • 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
        • Throws ball overhand
        • Makes or copies straight lines and circles

        Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child:

        • Doesn’t use 2-word phrases (for example, “drink milk”)
        • Doesn’t know what to do with common things, like a brush, phone, fork, spoon
        • Doesn’t copy actions and words
        • Doesn’t follow simple instructions
        • Doesn’t walk steadily
        • Loses skills she once had
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