Child Development: 24 months

Watching a child grow and develop is a unique and unforgettable experience. Most children develop skills and abilities in roughly the same order, but the timeframes involved aren’t exact. Milestones are things that a child can do at a certain age. Different organizations may have slightly different ways of describing milestones. Familiarity with milestones can help shape the experiences provided to a child or alert us if there are any concerns.

As children grow, they develop skills they different developmental areas. These include fine and gross motor, language, social-emotional and cognitive areas.

Your Developing Child: 24 Months

  • Climbs onto and gets back down from furniture independently
  • Walks up stairs holding on to rail or wall with both feet on each step
  • Begins using blunt scissors to snip
  • Imitates a pencil stroke
  • Uses two word sentences
  • Understands simple questions and directions (“Where is your sock?”, and “Go get your book”)
  • Understands more than they can say
  • Points to body parts when asked
  • Enjoys simple pretend play
  • Imitates actions of caregiver around the house (e.g. sweeping floor, washing dishes, folding clothes)
  • Uses a fork
  • Removes clothing when undone
  • Helps put on some clothing

There are many ways you can help your child’s development.

Play is a learning experience for children. Play is a universal and vital process for the healthy development of every child. Play is the living work of children and allows an opportunity to develop and explore the world.

If you have any concerns about your child’s development, talk to your public health nurse or family doctor.

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Last updated: 2024-01-04