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Welcome to our child development section! Your toddler has spent the last 24 months growing. After your toddler's second birthday, you'll enjoy the company of your child with his/her newly acquired social skills. You will also notice that your toddler's heightened curiosity will fuel a new range of activities and games.
Your toddler now is considered a "pre-schooler" and can be admitted into various preschool programs to enhance his/her social interaction with other children and improve motor and language skills.
It is worth mentioning that your toddler is unique and will develop at his/her own pace. Use this guide for a general overview of your toddler's development. If you have any concerns about your child's rate of development, we advise you to consult with your pediatrician.
Learning and Skills
Your toddler continues to learn new skills at a fast pace. Language is one of the most prominent areas of development this year. You'll notice that your toddler's expressions are becoming more comprehensible, although some words will sound different due to immature pronunciation.
At this age, toddlers are beginning to establish the foundation for their applied language skills such as writing and reading. With the help of an adult, a toddler can now try to read a small book with one or two words on each page. Toddlers at this age also enjoy singing along nursery rhymes such as twinkle twinkle and the ABC song.
Many toddlers start scribbling a familiar letter they've seen or draw rough pictures of objects in their surroundings.
Your toddler's physical range of movement is much more diverse, now your toddler can crawl, roll over, run, jump, climb, hide, and throw objects.
Toddlers can now enjoy riding a tricycle, hopping on one foot, dancing and climbing to higher surfaces. Many toddlers are now able to flip pages of a book one by one and perform more accurate hand-eye coordination movements such as removing a lid, handling door knobs and handles, and opening a basic plastic jar.
Your toddler's social interactions are much more sophisticated now. In the past, your toddler was unable to understand abstract feelings such as fear, anger, pain and sadness – especially those of others. During this stage, your toddler can now understand when you address a feeling, such as "Are you afraid?" or "Are you sad?"
In the first year of age, a toddler is likely to become frustrated and throw a tantrum as means to cope with an unexplained feeling. During year 2-3, your toddler begins to find new coping mechanisms other than throwing a tantrum. He/she will often articulate a feeling, cry, or resort to a comforting toy.
Toddlers also begin to enjoy the company of other children at this age. Your toddler can start having favorite playmates and engage in limited group activities. You'll notice that the interaction is limited – for example your toddler and his/her playmate will be in the same place playing but independently.
How to Help Your Toddler Grow
To help your toddler grow at this stage, you must:
be sure to check out our Year 3-4 guide.