Your Two Year Old

Developmental Milestones

How your two-year old plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age.

What’s unique to your two-year old?  What is typical of a two-year old?

Developmental Milestones Two Years

Social and Emotional Milestones

  • 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) 
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  • Plays mainly beside other children, but is beginning to include other children, such as in chase games 
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Communication Milestones 


  • Points to things or pictures when they are named 
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  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts 
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  • Says sentences with 2 to 4 words 
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  • Follows simple instructions 
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  • Repeats words overheard in conversation 
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  • Points to things in a book 

Physical Milestones 

Gross motor/Fine motor

  • Stands on tiptoe
  • Kicks a ball
  • Begins to run 
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  • Climbs onto and down from furniture without help
  • Walks up and down stairs holding on
  • Throws ball overhand
  • Makes or copies straight lines and circle

Cognitive Milestones

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 
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  • Plays simple make-believe games
  • Builds towers of 4 or more blocks
  • Might use one hand more than the other 
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  • Follows two-step instructions such as “Pick up your shoes and put them in the closet.” 
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  • Names items in a picture book such as a cat, bird, or dog 
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  • At 18+ months, toddlers are also starting to pretend and use their imagination…
  • Did you know that “make believe” play can help your young child’s executive functioning?

Birth – 3 months          3 – 6 months           6-9 months           9-12 months          18 months           2 years          3 years  



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