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24-36 Months (2 Year Olds)

Below you will find a list of developmental milestones from 24 months through 36 months. Keep in mind that not all children develop at the same time and will progress through these stages at their own pace. However, if you have concerns about your child’s development, it is important to talk with your child’s doctor. 

Developmental Milestones

Runs with greater confidence                                    Utters three- and four-word

Climbs stairs unassisted                                           Refers to self as “me”

Often achieves toilet training this year                         Uses 50-300 different words

Unbuttons large buttons; unzips large zippers                 65%-70% of speech is 
                                                                                           understood by others

Grasps large crayon with fist                                     Shows signs of empathy and caring

Discovering cause and effect                                     Impatient

Notes absence of familiar person                                Enjoys “helping” with chores

Names objects in picture books                                   Watches and imitates play 
                                                                                           of other children
Enjoys being read to if allowed to participate                  Likes routines                                   
 (pointing, making noises, turning pages)                       

Much of his/her talk has meaning to him/her              


 Taken from:  Allen, K. E. and L. R. Marotz.(2000). By theAges:  Behavior and development ofchildren pre-birth through eight. Albany:DelmarThomson Learning.


Learning Activities


24-36 months

·        Play matching gamesthat are based on colors, animals, everyday objects

·        Provide large beadsfor stringing, brightly colored cubes, puzzle boxes, large interlocking bricks

·        Provide toy farm andzoo animals, people, cars, trucks, and planes for sorting and imaginative play

·        Read to child daily;provide colorful picture books and name objects as well as simple illustratedstorybooks to help child learn to tell a story

·        Allow child to usewashable paints, sidewalk chalk, chunky crayons, large paper, etc to buildartistic expression

·        Blow bubbles and havechild step on or catch them; Teach child how to blow bubbles on own

·        Build block towers;count the blocks and name colors

·        Participate in pretendplay with child: (taking orders at a restaurant, grocery shopping, having apicnic)

·        Provide simple woodenpuzzles for child to put together


Takenfrom:  Allen, K. E. and L. R.Marotz.(2000). By the Ages:  Behavior anddevelopment of children pre-birth through eight. Albany:Delmar Thomson Learning.