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12-24 Months(One Year Olds)

Below you will find a list of developmental milestones from 12 months through 24 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


Sits in a small chair                                                               Recognizes self in mirror        

Crawls skillfully and quickly                                                  Follows simple directions

Most children walk unassisted near the end                            Identifies 3 body parts if someone
of this period                                                                         names them
Enjoys pushing or pulling objects when walking                      Responds to simple questions with
                                                                                             “yes”or “no”
Helps turn pages in a book                                                    Enjoys rhymes and songs; tries to join in

Helps feed self                                                                       Plays alone for short periods

Enjoys looking at picture books                                              Enjoys being held and read to

Names many everyday objects                                               Wants to try things without help    

Puts words and sounds together in speech-like 

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



Learning Activities


12-24 months (One Year Olds)

·        Encourage child to point to familiar objects in picture books, catalogs, and  magazines; name the objects and encourage the child to imitate

·        Hide a toy or other familiar object in an obvious place and encourage the child to find it

·        Provide blocks, stacking rings, shape-sorting boxes, nesting cups for child to play with

·        Allow frequent water play

·        Place favorite toys in different locations in a room so the child has to crawl or walk to get them

·        Provide dolls and stuffed animals for child to feed, bathe, dress, take for a walk, etc.

·        Fill plastic dishpan with Styrofoam peanuts, uncooked pasta, cotton balls, etc. Provide containers of various sizes as well as a scoop or spoon so child can fill containers with materials

·        Sing songs together and encourage child to dance to the music

·        Play ball with child. Encourage child to bounce, roll, throw and catch the ball


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