Your child is already two-years-old! Learn what your toddler can do at this age.
Toddlers develop at their own pace and each milestone shows a range of skills typically seen in children's development. Your two-year-old may not meet every milestone listed here and still be progressing normally. Since each child is unique, your toddler’s growth might be different from what's included here. Your two-year-old might develop more quickly in some areas than in others. At the same time, if you have any concerns about your toddler’s growth and development talk to your child's health care provider or call 1-866-693-GROW to talk to a professional and find out ways in which you can get connected to various resources in Minnesota.
Cognitive development – means how children explore, think and figure things out.
Your child might explore, figure things out and act in one or more of these ways:
Discovers how things work by touching them and trying them out.
Shows increasing memory for details and routines.
Remembers words to familiar songs.
Enjoys pretend play from real events.
Memorizes short rhymes.
Supporting your child’s exploration and learning.
Children at this age have boundless energy, take advantage of that and involve your entire family in daily walks! Nature walks are an excellent way to help him observe his surroundings, ask questions and encourage his curiosity. Give him time and attention when he asks you questions.
Simple games such as blowing bubbles, play-doh, playing grown-up, etc., are really enjoyed by toddlers at this age. Toddlers learn by exploring, experimenting and repetition. He will enjoy playing with other simple toys such as puzzles, building blocks, beads, pretend food, coloring, cause-and-effect toys, farm animals, balls, musical instruments and board games that teach matching, counting and turn-taking.
Teach him turn-taking by encouraging him to wait for a toy.
Teach him sharing by demonstrating how you share. Share a piece of fruit with him or take treats for other kids at your play group.
If you have any concerns about your child's growth and development, please talk to your child's health care provider or call 1-866-693-GROW (4769) to talk to a professional and find out ways in which you can get connected to various resources in Minnesota.