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DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES
FROM 2 to 3 YEARS OLD

Age: About 2 years

Motor Skills
*Feeds self with a spoon.
*Able to drink from a straw.
*Walks up stairs with help.
*Opens cabinets and drawers.
*Bends over to pick things up without falling.
*Builds a tower of 3-4 blocks.
*Can roll and kick a large ball.
*Begins to run.
*May show a preference for one hand over the other.
*Scribbles spontaneously.

Cognitive Skills
*Begins make believe play.
*Enjoys taking things apart.
*Wants to explore her surroundings.
*Can and will follow directions.
*Can point to 5-6 different body parts when asked.
*Enjoys looking at the same books over and over again.
*May express interest in potty training.

Social Skills and Language
*Has a vocabulary that includes several hundred words.
*Begins to use 2-3 word sentences.
*Learning to take turns with other children but generally plays along side, rather than with other children.
*Gets angry and may have temper tantrums.
*Possessive of his toys.
*Refers to self either by name or by using "me" or "mine".
*Acts shy around strangers.
*Likes to imitate parents or caregiver.


Age: About 3 years

Motor Skills
*Climbs well.
*Walks up and down stairs, alternating feet.
*Runs with ease.
*Pedals a tricycle.
*Kicks a ball.
*Feeds self.
*Opens doors.
*Washes and dries hands by self.
*Makes vertical, horizontal, and circular strokes with a pencil or crayon.
*Screws and unscrews lids, jars, nuts and bolts.
*Turns a page in a book one at a time.

Cognitive Skills
*Attention span increases to about 3 minutes.
*Can remember what happened yesterday.
*Understands "now", "soon", and "later."
*Knows some numbers, but not necessarily in correct order.
*Completes puzzles with three or four pieces.
*Sorts objects by shape and color.
*Matches an object to a picture of that object.
*Laughs at silly ideas.
*Understands the concept of "one" and "two".
*Matches circles and squares.
*Understands physical relationships (on, under, over, in, out).

Social Skills and Language
*Uses three-five word sentences.
*Asks questions.
*Plays spontaneously with other children in a small group.
*Recognizes and understands most common objects and pictures.
*Repeats simple rhymes.
*Asks to use the toilet most times.
*Enjoys being read to.
*Imitates housework or other chores.
*Assigns roles in pretend play (mommy, daddy).
*Uses pronouns (I, you, me, we, and they) and some plurals.
*Knows her first and last name.
*Knows whether he is a boy or girl.



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