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Two – Three Years

Two to Three Years


  • Can understand simple stories
  • Can have a vivid imagination
  • 31938112Plays simple make believe games and may have imaginary friends
  • Likes to play house and knows what familiar objects are used for
  • Sorts by shapes and colors
  • Can match familiar items to pictures of those objects
  • Completes sentences and rhymes in familiar books*

I know the research says children can rhyme at this stage, but based on my teaching experience I believe it is entirely related to the book they are familiar with- rhyming alone is a skill developed later- this is just my opinion.*

  • Will learn to count 1-2-3 and understands what those numbers mean
  • Can follow two step instructions

Social and Emotional:

  • No and mine are becoming favorite words
  • Copies other behaviors


  • Gets excited around other children which may cause aggressive behaviors
  • Important for child to understand transitions from one activity to another and a routine is important
  • Becoming more independent
  • Play with others is still mostly side by side but is getting more inclusive



Speech and Language:

  • Shows use of pronouns
  • Parents can understand child’s speech better
  • Knows names of familiar people
  • Knows names of body parts
  • Vocabulary rapidly increasing-write down child’s word every three months/date/post in prominent place
  • Sentences are usually 2-4 words
  • Repeats words overheard in conversations
  • Can talk about recent events he remembers
  • Words like yesterday and tomorrow can cause confusion
  • Understands when you give her directions to follow, but may not   choose to follow them

Fine Motor:

  • Throws ball overhead
  • Makes or copies straight lines and then circles
  • Loves to color with crayons
  • Enjoys stringing large beads
  • Can turn a doorknob or unscrew a jar lid
  • Toward third birthday introduce cutting with safety scissors

Gross Motor:

  • Stands on tip toes
  • Kicks a ball
  • Throws a ball overhand and tries to aim
  • Gets better at running
  • Will learn to jump with both feet
  • Walks up/down stairs holding on
  • Will try balancing on one foot and then the other