Development Milestones: Age 24 Months
See which milestones your baby should be reaching by 2 years old, like throwing or kicking a ball, walking both forward and backward and drawing with a crayon.
Mia is two years old. We previously saw Mia when she was sixteen months old. She can now walk more steadily as compared to a few months ago. Mia likes playing with a ball, a popular toy for two-year olds. Kids at this age usually throw and kick a ball well, but still find it difficult to catch. She can now walk both forwards and backwards and turn corners while she's running. She can also stretch out and walk on her tip-toes while keeping her balance. All her movements are far, steadier than she was sixteen months. Mia can now unscrew a lead, thread large beads unto a cord, draw with a crayon and hit a pegboard with a hammer. She can also build a bigger tower than before with her blocks. Here, she thinks that it's more fun when Mom builds the tower. Looking at her skill with her fingers and comparing it to what she could at sixteen months, we can clearly see that she's advanced quite a bit in all aspects of hand use. Mia talks non-stop to Mom, while kids at this age can say 30 or so words. They understand many more. Mia knows the name of several people, animals and many of her toys and can speak in two-word sentences like, "Mom draw or Mom build." Kids at this age can play more advanced games, many of which involved imitating the people around them otherwise known as role-playing games. Mia likes to play with dolls. She dresses one, carries it around, hugs it, takes it for a walk in a doll stroller-- these activities or things that she does in her own daily life while this is a lot of fun for Mia. It is also a good way for her to develop social skills. Mom and Mia are going to draw together. Mia now has a better way of grasping a crayon as compared to younger kids. Mom asks, can you draw a ball? Ball, Mia says. Look, good. That was good says Mom, as she praises her daughter. Mia, then wants Mom to draw Mia while she draws Mom. This little scene shows a good interaction between mother and child. Mom is pushing Mia's skills, encouraging her and giving her lots of praise. This type of interaction also helps to improve Mia's language, creative and fine motor skills. Kids at this age can be stubborn and it's not unusual if your child protests when you want her to do something she doesn't want to do. Mia knows exactly what she wants to do and what she wants Mom to do. When Mom asks Mia to hit the pegboard with a hammer, Mia insists that Mom do it herself. When Mom asks her to build the tower, in the end, Mom has to do it herself. This behavior can be tiring for the adults. But luckily for Mom and Dad, the terrible two's is only a face and will eventually past.
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