30 Months

What Most Toddlers Do by This Age


  • Plays next to other children and sometimes plays with them
  • Shows you what she can do by saying, “Look at me!”
  • Follows simple routines when told, like helping to pick up toys when you say, “It’s clean-up time.”

Problem Solving

  • Uses things to pretend, like feeding a block to a doll as if it were food
  • Show simple problem-solving skills, like standing on a small stool to reach something
  • Follow two-step directions, like “Put the toy down and close the door.”
  • Show he knows at least one color, like pointing to a red crayon when you ask, “Which one is red?”

Language and Communication

  • Says about 50 words
  • Says two or more words, with one action word, like “Doggie run.”
  • Names things in a book when you point and ask, “What is this?”
  • Says words like “I,” “me,” or “we”


  • Uses hands to twist things, like turning a doorknob or unscrewing lids
  • Takes some clothes off by himself, like loose pants or an open jacket
  • Jumps off the ground with both feet
  • Turns book pages, one at a time, when you read to her

Tips and Activities: What You Can Do for Your 30 month 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.

  • Encourage “free play,” where your child can follow her interests, try new things, and use things in new ways.
  • Use positive words and give more attention to behaviors you want to see (“wanted behaviors”), than to those you don’t want to see. For example, say “I like how you gave Jordan the toy.”
  • Give your child food choices that are simple and healthy. Let him choose what to eat for a snack or what to wear. Limit choices to two or three.

Developmental Milestones