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Development Milestones Ages 2-3 Years


Your child is learning new words quickly.


• Uses two- or three-word sentences
• At 2 years, people can understand what the child says some of the time (25 to 50 percent)
• At 3 years, people can understand what the child says most of the time (50 to 75 percent)
• Follow two-step instructions, “get the ball and put it on the table”
• Listens to simple stories and songs
• Experiments by touching, smelling, and tasting
• Likes to push, pull, fill, and dump
• Can turn pages of a book
• Stacks 2-4 objects
• Scribbles with crayons or markers walks without help
• Walks backwards
• Tosses or rolls a large ball
• Plays alongside others more than with them
• Acts shy around strangers
• Likes to imitate parents
• Easily frustrated
• Affectionate—hugs and kisses
• Insists on trying to do several tasks without help
• Enjoys simple make-believe like talking on phone, putting on hat
• Very possessive—offers toys to other children, but then wants them back


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