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Two Year Old Child Development Stages & Milestones | Help Me Grow MN

Two Year Old Child Development Stages & Milestones | Help Me Grow MN

Minnesota Help Me Grow – When Parents know,
Children Grow. Age: Two Years. Your two-year-old child learns
through his play and play is what he loves to do. Play with
toys, creative materials, other children, and you—all provide
valuable ways for your two-year-old to learn. Cognitive Development. What are some other thinking and
learning skills you should expect at two years of age? By two, a child will be able to point to
and name many things. She will enjoy looking at pictures in
books—the more realistic the pictures the better. If she sees herself in a photo, she is
likely to recognize it as her picture. Your two-year-old will begin to sort and
match. And you can encourage this by pointing
out things that match. (Playing a xylophone.) “Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.” if your 2-year-old has heard action
songs, she will be able to perform some of
these actions along with the song. By two, a child can follow simple two step
instructions. Make-believe play begins around age two. Children will imitate what they see
their parents do around the house, like sweeping or washing dishes. She shows
what she is thinking with more understanding when she can pretend— by putting her dolly in a box in
pretending the box is a bed. Language and Communication Development. (Child) “No pig.” The two-year-old vocabulary
seems huge compared to just a few months ago. The two-year-old typically knows and uses
200 to 300 words. Many of these words are nouns—names of
family members, pets, and such words as car, doll or cat. Some two-year-olds may use a few
pronouns. favorite words at two may be “no,” “me,” and “mine.” You will be hearing sentences
that may be two to three words long like, “muh milk please.” Minor pronunciation
errors such as “tat” for cat are common. “Yeah, there’s a blue seal. Did we see them swimming around in a pool?” “Yeah.” The two-year-old understands the power
of “no,” and will use it to communicate to others often. He will use a variety of ways to
communicate through words, body language, facial
expressions and, when overcome with frustration or anger, tantrums. At the same time, she will enjoy listening to other speak,
and will repeat some other words she hears. Your two-year-old will be using her
newfound language to communicate her desires and you will hear many words. Your
2-year-old will repeat words heard in conversations— some you may wish not be repeated. The
two-year-old child understands simple instructions, and will respond the communication
directed to him. At two, children begin to have questions about
everything in their world around them. You can help your child develop more
language by talking about what they are doing. Social and Emotional Development. You may
be finding that your two-year-old can be very intense in her reactions and you might find parenting a bit of a
challenge at this stage. Your child may have a tantrum when she
doesn’t get her way. A toddler needs help to learn to control
his intense feelings and it is normal at this age to see a
child have a tantrum. Stay calm when your child is having a
tantrum This helps them learn to calm himself—an
important life skill. Your child may show defiant behavior, and
you will need to redirect him. At two, many children have episodes of
feeling anxious and upset when they are separated from their parents. At the same time, your child will become
increasingly interested in playing with other children. Give your child regular chances to play
with children her age. Playtime with other children helps your
child learn to develop friendships, learn to cooperate and practice sharing.
Toddler play times can have their challenging moments because two-year-olds need help learning
to share and cooperate. You can acknowledge feelings and teach
social skills at the same time when your child is arguing over a toy.
You can say, “I know the truck is your favorite toy,
but Sam would like a turn at pushing it.” Toddler play times will need adult
supervision. Large and Small Muscle Development. Two-year-olds are on the move, and moving well. Walking is their primary
way to get around. And boy they can run! Your child is able
to move around obstacles instead a running into them. She will be
able to start and stop and walk backwards. At two, your child will be
able to walk up and down the stairs while holding
onto the railing or your hand. Your child may enjoy playing with the
large ball they can toss or roll. Toddlers enjoy
games and songs that involve actions and will be able to perform the actions
with improved imitations. Young children this age have more
developed ways if using their fingers and hands. By two years, children can easily pick up
small objects and manipulate them. Your child will likely be putting toys
together and taking them apart. When playing with
blocks, the two-year-old is able to build the
tower have several blocks high. When allowed to use crayons or markers, a two-year-old will scribble around in
circles. Handedness is still not fully established, but you may notice your child has a
preferred hand when scribbling. Your child probably does less mouthing
of toys and other objects, and is more likely to learn about things
by looking and touching them. There are several things you can do to
help your two-year-old grow and learn. Some ways you can support your child’s
development are to: Help your child work through feelings of
frustration and anger. Keep reading or telling stories to your
toddler every day. Ask her to find objects for you or name
body parts and objects. Play matching games together. Talk with
her about everything. Sing songs. Provide toys that
encourage creativity such as blocks, cars, dolls, empty boxes, markers and paper. Make sure your home is
safe, child proofed. Sometimes, two-year-olds aren’t developing
typically or as expected. These signs indicate that your child may
not be developing as other children his age: He is unable to walk well, or is walking on
his tip-toes. He doesn’t speak at least 50 words. He isn’t
using two words sentences by age two. He doesn’t imitate actions or words.
He doesn’t follow simple instructions. if you have concerns about your child’s
development, contact your health care provider or you
can call the Minnesota Department of Education Help Me Grow information and referral line at 1-866-693-GROW (4769)

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