2 Years

What Most Toddlers Do by This Age


  • Notices when others are hurt or upset, like pausing or looking sad when someone is crying
  • Looks at your face to see how to react in a new situation

Problem Solving

  • Holds something in one hand while using the other hand, for example, holding a container and taking the lid off
  • Tries to use switches and knobs, or buttons on a toy
  • Plays with more than one toy at the same time, like putting toy food on a toy plate

Language and Communication

  • Points to things or pictures when you ask, like “Where is the bear?”
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Points to at least two body parts when you ask him to show you
  • Uses more gestures than waving and pointing, like blowing kisses or nodding yes


  • Kicks a ball
  • Walks (not climbs) up a few stairs with or without help
  • Eats with a spoon

Tips and Activities: What You Can Do for Your 2 year old

As your child’s first teacher, you can help his or her learning and brain development. Try these simple tips and activities in a safe way. Talk with your child’s doctor and teachers if you have questions or for more ideas on how to help your child’s development.

  • Help your child learn how words sound, even if he can’t say them clearly yet. For example, if your child says, “or nana,” say “You want more banana.”
  • Watch your child closely during playdates. Children this age play next to each other, but do not know how to share and solve problems. Show your child how to deal with conflicts by helping her share, take turns, and use words when possible.
  • Have your child help you get ready for mealtime, by letting him carry things to the table, such as plastic cups or napkins. Thank your child for helping.

Developmental Milestones