Child Development Age 2

Learning to Say No -- Child Development at Age 2

At age 2 children start to get more independent. Child development at age 2 involves separating from parents by doing things they are told not to. Children at this age also enjoy the company of other children and adults, and start to imitate them. They like to be with other children, but still prefer to play beside them instead of with them. Children are very curious at this age and frequently will ask "why" and "how."

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Physical Development at Age 2 Moves Quickly

Age 2 is when parents really have to keep their eyes on their child. Physical development at age 2 includes being able to run, and being able to climb up and down. This can mean on stairs and furniture. Two year olds need to be reminded to hold on going up and down stairs or they need a hand to hold them. They can stand up on their tippy toes at this stage, and they can kick a ball. They can also throw a ball overhead using both hands.

Increase in Word Use Through Brain Development at Age 2

Brain development at age 2 includes being able to sort things by color and shape. Two year olds can finish simple sentences from their favorite books, as well as rhymes they are familiar with. They can find things that are hidden under two or three layers, and they can play simple hide and seek games. They know simple words and can label items like cat, hat and dog. They can also point to familiar people and items and name them. They are able to follow simple, two step instructions, like "pick up your ball and put it in the basket." Their sentences are becoming longer, usually up to four words. This is the age when they will begin to sing the ABC song, although not necessarily in the right order. They also do not see the connection between the letters in the song and letters in words.

Avoiding the "Terrible Twos" -- Human Development at Age 2

Two year old children often get frustrated and act out. Human development at age 2 is sometimes called the "terrible twos," but this is just the child showing frustration. They have some comfort items that can help, like a favorite cuddly toy or blanket, and often need parents to intervene when they are frustrated with other children. They have the emotions, but don't quite know how to control them yet. Parents can be a big help in this process, by knowing their child's limits and removing them from difficult situations.