Why is this important?

  • Knowing your child’s developmental milestones can help you learn what you need to work on more with your child. 

This video from the Colorado Office of Early Childhood is useful for parents and caregivers everywhere.

Source: Colorado Early Learning Development Guidelines

Social and Emotional

  • Shows more independence
  • Shows defiant behavior
  • Copies others, especially older children and adults


  • Follows simple instructions
  • Repeats words overheard in conversations
  • Points to things in a book
  • Says sentences with 2 to 4 words

Cognitive (thinking, problem solving)

  • Begins to sort shapes and colors
  • Names items in picture books
  • Builds towers of 4 or more blocks
  • Plays simple make-believe games

Movement/Physical Development

  • Begins to run
  • Throws ball overhead
  • Climbs onto and down from furniture on their own
  • Makes or copies straight lines or circles

Source: CDC’s Milestones 2 years “Learn the Signs. Act Early”

Keep in mind, every child develops at his/her own pace. Talk to your pediatrician if you have questions about your child's development.

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