Class of Two Year Olds
At 24 to 36 month old socialization is the key aspect in development. Children at that age become more interested in being with others and initiate conversations by using several words. Sharing, taking turns, respecting and listening to others are actions that become meaningful. They exhibit more complex repertoires of pretend activities, including sequenced episodes such as ‘feeding a doll and then putting it to bed’.
- Shows skills in the most simple large muscle activities.
- Engages in a lot of active play with small objects and explores different qualities of play materials.
- Demonstrates first creative activities such as drawing, construction, molding clay, constantly interacting with materials while discovering their different properties through the use of a variety of tools such as droppers and funnels in the water table; brushes, masking tape, paint and scissors in the art studio.
- Explores with patterns, sequences, order of size and may begin to copy patterns.
- Shows strong desire for independence and displays pride in accomplishments.
- Uses more language in play and in expressing wishes to others.
- Enjoys hearing simple stories read from picture books.
- Although primarily interested in adults, two year olds begin to play interactively with other children and may engage in some pretend play with their friends.