Your Child at age 2 Years

What Most Children Do at this Age:

Social/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 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 colours
· Completes sentences and rhymes in familiar books
· Plays simple make-believe games
· Builds towers of four 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 furniture without help
· Walks up and down stairs holding on
· Throws ball overhand
· Makes or copies straight lines and circle

Act Early by Talking to Your Child’s Doctor if Your Child:

· Doesn’t use two-word phrases (for example, “drink milk”)
· Doesn’t know what to do with the common things, like brush, phone, fork or spoon
· Doesn’t copy actions and words
· Doesn’t follow simple instructions
· Doesn’t walk steadily
· Loses skills s/he once had

Retrieved from www.cdc.gov on May 8, 2014.