Gross Motor Skills
- Walks alone with no need for help
- Runs with ease
- Kicks balls
- Jumps with both feet off the floor
- Can stand on tip toes
- Climbs up and down on furniture
- Walks up and down stairs while holding rails
- Can ride a tricycle
- Can balance on one leg
Fine Motor Skills
- Scribbles with crayons or markers
- Stacks blocks of 4 or higher
- Can help with undressing and sometimes dressing
- Can turn doorknobs and lids of caps
- Can brush teeth with some help
- Imitates adults and other children
- Enjoys the company of other children
- Will initiate play with other children
- Shows defiant behavior and sometimes throws tantrums
- Remembers the names of familiar people
- Says simple sentences
- Repeats words said to him or her
- Uses many new words
- Knows his or her own first and last name
- Begins to ask questions
- Can sort colors and shapes
- Begins to pretend play
- May begin to ask to use the potty
- Begins to understand opposites (day and night, big and small)
- Helps you remember things such as, “Oh, my jacket,” if you’ve forgotten to grab a jacket for him or her
Things You Could Do To Help Your Child's Development
- Continue to help your child with puzzles.
- Provide buckets or cans and beans or pasta for them to pour, measure, fill, and empty.
- When reading to your child, explain what is going on in the pictures.
- Teach your child your phone number.
- Encourage your child’s imagination by pretend playing.
- Make sure your child has enough play time with children his or her age.
- Help your child’s need for independence by allowing your child to make decisions such as, “Where would you like to go today? The park, the library, or grandma’s house?”