Additional Milestones for Your One to Two Year Old

Apr 1, 2013

With each new gross motor skill attained, children develop the ability to explore their environment in new ways. Environmental exploration is imperative to a child’s growth not only physically, but also socially, emotionally, and cognitively. All children develop at their own pace, so it is impossible to dictate the exact time/age that each skill should be developed by. In addition to the physical gross motor skills I have already outlined in prior posts, I have listed below a general guideline of other skills obtained by age two.


  • Imitates behavior of other children and adults
  • More aware of self as separate from others
  • More excited about playing with other children


  • Demonstrates increased independence
  • Begins to show defiant behavior
  • Separation anxiety increases midyear, then fades


  • Finds objects even when hidden under something
  • Begins to sort by shapes and colors
  • Begins make-believe play


  • Points to object or picture when it’s named for them
  • Recognizes names of familiar people, objects, and body parts
  • Says several single words (by 15 – 18 months)
  • Uses simple phrases (by 18-24 months)
  • Follows simple instructions
  • Repeats words overheard in conversation

Fine Motor (hand/finger skills):

  • Scribbles on own
  • Draws vertical lines
  • Turns over container to empty contents
  • Stacks four to six cubes
  • Turns three pages in book, one at a time
  • Places objects into opening
Eli Standing with Ball


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