Normal Development 2 Years Old

 

Physical Development

  • Is always in motion.
  • Tires easily.
  • Runs and climbs.
  • Walks up and down stairs alone.
  • Starts to walk on tiptoes.
  • Goes form random scribbling to somewhat more controlled movements.
  • Can button and unbutton large buttons.
  • Develops greater independence in toileting needs( still needs some help).
  • Primary teeth finish coming in.

Emotional Development

  • Gets upset and impatient easily.
  • Shows anger by crying or striking out,.
  • Gets frustrated when not understood.
  • Wants own way.
  • May assert self by saying no.
  • Goes back to acting like a baby at times.
  • Is upset when daily routine changes.
  • Has sharp mood changes.

Social Development

  • Likes to imitate others.
  • Gets more interested in brothers and sisters.
  • Knows gender.
  • May have  an imaginary friend.
  • Enjoys playing among, not with, other children.
  • Does not share.
  • Claims everything is "mine"
  • May scratch, hit, bite, and push other children.

Mental Development

  • Is much more interested in language.
  • Uses 3-5 word phrases by end of second year.
  • Understands more words than can speak.
  • Likes to "do it myself". 
  • Can build a tower of 3 to 5 blocks.
  • Cannot be reasoned with much of the time.
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Normal 3 Year Old Development

Physical Development

  • Jumps, gallops, tiptoes and runs smoothly.
  • May stumble and fall often.
  • Rides a tricycle.
  • Undresses self, bunt needs help with dressing.
  • Uses crayons.

Emotional Development

  • More relaxed and flexible.
  • Cries and hits at times.
  • Quickly switches from shyness to high spirits and back.
  • May show fear of unfamiliar objects or activities.
  • May want to be a baby at times.
  • Starts to talk about dreams.

Social Development

  • Is keenly interested in family activities.
  • Sees parents as heroes.
  • Seeks approval from adults.
  • Tests limits constantly.
  • Often prefers to play alone.
  • May have an imaginary friend.
  • Shares and talks turn occasionally.
  • Quarrels with other children.

Mental Development

  • Develops a somewhat stable concept of self.
  • Speaks about 1,000 words.
  • Starts to use pronouns in speech.
  • Loves  to hear stories over and over again.
  • Enjoys learning short rhymes.
  • May match or identify primary colors.
  • Puts toys away with adult help.
  • Has attention span of not more than a few minutes.
  • Can make choices.

 

 

 

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