For kids ages 2 and 3, it’s all about play! The developmental milestones your toddler has already achieved mean that he has become increasingly independent and is able to engage in play activities for longer periods of time without needing so much of your guidance. And when they are playing, they are learning! The learning is happening not only in their minds, but also in their bodies. Coordination, balance, and motor planning skills are improving and each new skill that they learn is the foundation for the next, more complicated skill.
Between the ages of 2 and 3, your child is beginning to jump! One day, you’ll see her do it for the first time and after that, you will see it over and over and over again! Once kids start to jump, they don’t want to stop. Your child may be able to jump down from the bottom step or jump forward a few inches on the floor. She may have enough body control to understand what happens when she jumps on a trampoline — BIG TIME FUN!
Balance at this age improves to the point of being able to stand on one foot for a few seconds. Your child may be able to pedal a tricycle and gallop like a horse. On a set of stairs, your child will be more aware of her safety and will be able to go up and down, holding onto a rail and placing both feet (or maybe even one foot!) on each stair.
During this age range, fine motor skills are taking off too! Your child can build towers out of blocks and can string beads to make a beautiful necklace. She may have enough control over her crayon that she can draw simple shapes and lines, even beginning to imitate lines that you draw on a piece of paper. With a little help, your child may even begin to snip paper with scissors while you do a simple craft or art project.
All kids develop at their own pace and these skills are just a general representation of the “norm”. But at this age, you’ll want to start paying attention to things like W-Sitting, Toe Walking, and any sensory processing concerns.
In the next few days, we will share activities for 2 to 3-year-olds designed to facilitate the skills that will contribute to strong, healthy development in your child.