Toddler at 2 years
By the age of 2, your toddler is talking, walking, climbing, jumping, running and bursting with energy. Your child now has a growing vocabulary and acquires new words on a regular basis. They can sort shapes and colors. They may show an interest in potty training. As they grow more independent, toddlers may show signs of defiance as they begin to push boundaries and explore their world.
What your toddler is learning now
While toddlers may progress at different rates, the following are some of the common milestones your toddler may reach in this age group:
- Walks forward and backward
- Rolls a large ball back-and-forth
- Stoops and squats
- Turns pages of books
- Uses two- to three-word sentences
- Points to some body parts
- Sings and dances
- May be interested in using the toilet
What your toddler is learning next
- Signs of toilet readiness
- Undresses self
- Kicks a ball
- Enjoys riding toys
- Listens to brief stories
- Does simple puzzles
- Matches a picture and object
What you can do to encourage your toddler’s development
- Read a little everyday.
- Have conversations with your child.
- Teach new words.
- Let your child help with chores.
- Praise your toddler for good behavior.
- Set clear rules and be consistent.
- Help your child learn how to share.
- Exercise together by jumping, running and walking.
Games and activities
- Farm or garage sets
- Teacup or kitchen sets
- Toy telephone
- Riding toys
- Nesting cups
- Water and sand toys
- Dress-up clothes
- Dolls or teddy bears
- Blocks and building toys