- Says “I love you”
- Interacts with other children in simple games
- Verbalizes toilet needs
- Continues to develop competence and independence in self-help skills (brushing teeth, feeding, dressing)
- Helps pick up and put away toys
- Continue to provide comfort and a safe, peaceful environment.
- Praise child when child indicates toilet needs.
- Play simple games with child (Ring around the Rosie, Hide-n-Seek).
- Help child play dress up.
- Develop special interactions or “I love you” rituals (a special tickle upon greeting each other, a special nickname).
- Respect child’s expression of independence, but provide guidance and limits. (Allow child to paint with water on sidewalk or porch floor, but not on inside wall.)
Language and Understanding Skills
- Follow two-step directions (“Pick up your shoes and put them in the closet.”)
- Takes part in simple conversations (Responds to “What’s your name?”)
- Answer simple what questions
- Regularly uses two- or three-word sentences (“Me want juices.”)
- Begins to make choices (which shirt to wear, whether to play outside or inside)
- Asks many questions
- Allow child to make limited decisions (choosing some foods at mealtime, choosing one of two shirts to wear).
- Ask child to follow directions. (“Pick up your doll and put it on the shelf, please.”)
- Listen to and talk with child.
- Read picture books for 10 minutes each day with child and talk about the pictures.
- Point out colors of objects in pictures.
- Give simple answer to child’s questions.
- Label shelves and toy boxes/bins with picture and name of toy.
- Sing songs and nursery rhymes.
Small Muscle Skills
- Uses spoon and cup independently
- Turns handle to open door
- Completes simple insert puzzle (4 to 6 pieces)
- Unscrews lids
- Builds 6- to 8-block tower
- Snips paper with scissors
- Provide simple puzzles for child to complete.
- Provide child with small safety scissors and paper to snip.
- Provide sand, pudding, or finger paint for writing with finger.
- Provide many containers with tops to open and close.
- Provide a busy box or purse with simple hooks to undo, compartments to open, and other things for child to manipulate.
Large Muscle Skills
- Rides and steers wheeled toys
- Pushes or pulls door open
- Walks up stairs holding rail
- Arrange for child to play games with others (London Bridge Is Falling Down, Tag).
- Encourage child to practice throwing balls and beanbags.
- Provide practice in riding a tricycle.
- Show child how to jump over a chalk mark or hose laid flat on the ground.
- Run with child in safe places.
Let child roll on grass or sand