Learn more about what to expect for 2-year-old milestones and 3-year-old milestones.
For kids ages 2 and 3, it’s all about play! After conquering those milestones of toddler development, by ages 2 to3 kids become increasingly independent and are able to engage in play activities for longer periods of time without needing so much 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 they learn is the foundation for the next, more complicated skill.
2-Year-Old and 3-Year-Old Milestones: Gross Motor Skills
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, gallop like a horse, and throw a ball in the direction of a target. 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.
2-Year-Old and 3-Year-Old Milestones: Fine Motor Skills
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. She may also learn to start pushing the scissors forward across the paper as she cuts.
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 other sensory processing concerns.
Whether they’re moving, listening, touching, smelling – or doing all of these at the same time – kids learn and grow best when they have lots of opportunities to interact with their surroundings using their sensory systems.