2 Year Olds
Every day is a new opportunity for discovering, learning, and playing as your baby grows to 'big kid.'
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As children approach age 3, they engage more in symbolic play: using objects to stand in for others. Here are 6 ideas for dramatic play with your two-year-old. 👇 https://lovevery.com/community/blog/child-development/6-ideas-for-dramatic-play-that-cultivate-imagination/
Toddlers don’t quite know how to communicate these big feelings. They also don’t fully understand how and why things work. This complex combination leads to a pretty emotional little human.
Creating art is a sensory exploration for your toddler. 🎨 They’re not yet producing representative images, and the process of their work and experience with the materials matter more than the finished product. 🖼️ Whether they’re scribbling or using a squeegee to spread paint on paper, your little one is practicing both fine and gross motor movements. 🖌️ Notice in this video how @ohdina’s little one moves their arm to drag the squeegee down and grasps the bottle to spray the cotton pads!
Buckling may be more of a challenge for your toddler than you realize! Using buckles, buttons, snaps, and zippers requires advanced fine motor skills like: 🙌 bilateral coordination (using both hands together) 👀 hand-eye coordination 👆 finger dexterity 🤏 and the pincer grasp!
These Montessori wood blocks are the perfect developmental toy gift for toddlers. @lovevery #Lovevery #LoveveryGift (I am a part of the Lovevery Collab Program)
Taking turns and waiting patiently in between is hard for everyone, and is especially hard for small children. As much as we sometimes expect them to share with others, two-year-olds aren’t developmentally ready to do that yet. Taking turns comes before sharing, and your child is ready to practice that now with some adult guidance ❤️ Here are 4 turn-taking activities for 2-year-olds!
For toddlers, routines provide comfort, structure, and a way to predict (and prepare for) what’s going to happen next. Routines also promote understanding of order and sequence, the building blocks of more advanced thought processes like reasoning, judgment, and anticipation. Learn more about teaching routines and structure to a toddler. 💪
Focus is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced. Here’s how to help build your two-year-old’s focus. 🧠
Toddlers love music in all its forms—singing, dancing, humming, clapping, and banging things together (often loudly 🥁). Among other benefits, music inspires creativity, teaches social skills, and stimulates brain development. Also, as parents and caregivers well know, music is a great transitional tool: there are few more effective ways of helping kids with certain tricky tasks (like cleaning up and diaper changes) than singing along. Here are fun ways to incoroporate music! 🎶
Two-year-olds are notorious climbers, and some of them see almost any structure as an opportunity, especially their crib. Others are completely content to stay in their crib well into their threes. There are signs your child may be ready to transition to a bed, but it’s really up to you to decide. There is no reason to rush it if you and your child are content where they are. Here are some ways of noticing - and supporting - the transition from a crib to a bed!
Giving your toddler opportunities to help around the house makes them feel independent and valuable. They have an innate drive to contribute and find a lot of confidence and joy in having their own role and responsibilities. Research shows that children who are exposed early to household work without rewards are more likely to be helpful and involved later in life.
Sorting is the beginning of pattern recognition, a foundational math skill. Somewhere between 19 and 24 months, your toddler may start to learn how to sort and match sets of identical objects into three groups—each with three to five objects. Here are some ways to practice sorting with your toddler. ⭐️
Taking turns and waiting patiently in between is hard for everyone, and is especially hard for small children. As much as we sometimes expect them to share with others, two-year-olds aren’t developmentally ready to do that yet. Taking turns comes before sharing, and your child is ready to practice that now with some adult guidance ❤️ Here are 4 turn-taking activities for two-year-olds!
Pull toys may seem a little old-fashioned, but they actually promote many different aspects of your toddler’s development: problem-solving, whole body coordination, and fine motor strength.
At 12 months old, your child is likely more mobile and curious than ever before. The best toys over the next year support their growing mobility, new fine motor skills, emerging language, and independence. Here are our picks for the best Montessori toys for 1-year-olds!
As children approach the three year mark, they’re more and more able to engage in what’s called symbolic play: using objects to stand in for others (a banana as a phone, or a toy teacup as a real one). They aren’t yet able to get into truly imaginative play, because they can’t conceive of experiences they haven’t lived or seen—but there’s a whole world of pretend play available to them. Here are 6 ideas for dramatic play with your toddler! ⭐️
A study conducted by the Raising Grateful Children project at UNC Chapel Hill concluded that gratitude has four separate parts: noticing, thinking, feeling, and doing. Here are some ways to start teaching gratitude to your toddler. 💛
Language development spans a wider range than you might think. Children develop in different ways and at different rates. Remember that your toddler may be working on developing several skills all at once—puzzles, running, jumping, climbing—and language can appear to take a backseat at times. Here are some ways you toddler may start to talk!
Dr. Jessica Michaelson, psychologist and early parenthood coach, says, “children tend to whine most between 2 ½ and 4 years old, when they have the language to communicate their needs, but it takes a lot of effort to hold down all the big feelings. So when they’re tired, hungry, or overstimulated, they may whine to let us know, ‘I can’t act big anymore, please take care of me like I was a baby.’” Here are a few ways to redirect a chining child.
Though it may feel counterintuitive, the way to help ease your child into increasing independence is actually to narrow their choices. The world is very large to them, and when they don’t know what to pick from, they can easily get overwhelmed. Here are some everyday opportunities to give your two-year-old limited choices, along with suggestions for language you can use.
The first step towards a less stressful—and even enjoyable—travel experience might be to reframe how you think about it. You can look at the time as a chance for intimate family connection—something that is way too rare in our busy lives. Here are some fun ideas to keep your little ones entertained. 👏