What Most Toddlers Do by This Age
- Brings things to “show” other people
- May have temper tantrums
- Reacts to changes in daily routines
- Shows affection to familiar people
- Plays simple pretend, such as feeding a doll
- May cling to caregivers in new situations
- Points to show others something interesting
- Explores alone but with parent close by
- Knows what ordinary things are for; for example, telephone, brush, spoon
- Points to get the attention of others
- Shows interest in a doll or stuffed animal by pretending to feed
- Points to one body part
- Scribbles on his own
- Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures; for example, sits when you say “please sit down”
Language and Communication
- Says several single words
- Says and shakes head “no”
- Points to show someone what he wants
- Can find familiar toy when you ask them to find it
- Walks alone
- May walk up steps and run
- Pulls toys while walking
- Can help undress herself
- Drinks from a cup
- Eats with a spoon
What Families Can Do
- Encourage your toddler to have empathy – for example, to hug or pat another child who is sad
- Set limits that are firm, fair and consistent.
- Describe your toddler’s emotions – “You are mad when we have to leave the park.”
- Give your toddler lots of hugs and kisses, and praise for good behavior.
- Hold your toddler on your lap, read aloud and talk about the pictures in the book.
- Repeat the words your toddler says; say the words clearly and correctly.
- Ask your toddler simple questions.
- Talk about what you and your toddler are doing together.
- Sing songs and repeat rhymes together.
- Encourage pretend play with dolls, toy phones or stuffed animals.
- Have your toddler play with books, balls, puzzles and toys that teach cause and effect, and problem solving.
- Give your toddler crayons and paper, and let him/her draw freely.
- Play games naming objects in pictures and body parts.
- Provide toys your toddler can push or pull safely.
- Provide balls for your toddler to kick, roll and throw.
- Encourage your toddler to drink from a cup and use a spoon, no matter how messy.
- Blow bubbles and let your toddler pop them.