“Cat. Dog. Cow.” Your toddler can talk about her favorite animals by name. She’s also aware of trees, flowers, sun and rain. Every day, she learns something new about her physical world. To boost that growth, she’s also eager to explore the things she has yet to discover!
Watch as her natural curiosity drives her to figure out how things work. When I turn this knob, water comes out. When I tear this piece of paper in two, I have more paper. When I squish this strawberry in my fingers, it makes a beautiful, tasty, red mess. She’s a beginning scientist, learning both by trial and error and by cause and effect.
I Am Exploring My World.
Trees, leaves, rocks. Pots, pans, spoons. Your toddler explores it all, and he’s beginning to understand how certain things fit together…and how others don’t. He watches you in the kitchen and imitates your actions. He throws a rock in a pond or a puddle and is amazed by the ripples it leaves behind. His physical world is big and broad, and he’s eager to discover it all!
I Like to Feel the Sun on My Face.
Your toddler may point to the sky and yell, “Bird!” or “Plane!” She’s noticing the differences between what she can touch and feel on the earth and what exists above her in the sky. She’s also fascinated by the sun and the moon. She’s captivated by the wind and the rain. What’s more, she understands when the air is hot or cold…and is able to communicate those observations to you. “Brrr…,” she says when she steps outside on a brisk autumn day. And when the snow begins to fall in the winter? She has a whole new world to discover!
I Can Tell You All About My Body.
He can name his eyes and his nose, his fingers and toes. He points out the dog, the cat, the cow and the pig. Your toddler recognizes living creatures, including bugs, birds and everything in between. And he also understands his own body. Want to know where his ears are? Just ask. He’s ready to tell you!
I Can Build It Up… and Tear It Down.
When it’s bath time, give your toddler some different-sized plastic containers. Then, watch her work her magic. She may hold one under the faucet as she watches the running water spill over the edges. She may dump the contents of one container into another. As she does, she’s noticing that it might only fill a portion – or that it might overflow. She’s testing the limits of her environment with the tools around her.
This is also the perfect time to introduce building materials — from wooden blocks to plastic toys to empty boxes. She’ll enjoy building with and stacking them as much as she enjoys knocking them down!
I’m Curious About My World.
Your toddler has an unlimited amount of curiosity…and the stamina to match! He actively explores every facet of his environment, from the toys in his bedroom to the pots and pans in the kitchen to the rocks outside his front door. He may become frustrated when he can’t get something to work. Still, more and more, he persists through trial and error until he figures it out. His intense curiosity drives his learning, and he’s taking it all in right now.
All children learn and grow at their own pace and in their own way. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.