No two kids are alike. Anyone who’s known a child well knows this well.
Each 2-year-old grows by leaps and bounds every day. That growth takes a different shape for each child. Sometimes, their newest skills develop all in their heads. Other times, their leaps are just that — big body skills that help them get around.
At two, many children are making mental maps of their favorite places. So, they know where to look for, say, the bird’s nest they saw last week at the playground. Your child may be role-playing different jobs to amuse himself. He's discovering how he relates to the world around him. And that means he's also finding his special place.
Your child's ability to work his body and to work with friends is expanding too. He might be making kid art with crayons, chalk or mud. Or he might use all three and then some. Your little one used to just play next to other children. At two, he begins to play with friends. More complex physical movements develop. That means he's likely jumping, sliding and climbing more confidently.
When they play side-by-side, it can be easy to compare where our child is with others. With a lot to learn, each child's path is unique. Rest assured that your child’s abilities as a learner, just like yours as a parent, are always in there. And you're both growing all the time.
Resources for Your 2-Year-Old
Art feeds us in so many ways, and your toddler is eagerly taking it all in…and then letting it all out.
Your child’s selfhood starts at birth—but she is now just learning to express her idea of who she thinks she is.
It’s an exciting new world when all the numbers start making sense. Just ask your toddler!
Play & Learning
Your toddler’s job is to play, and he takes that job very seriously!
Your toddler can talk about her favorite animals by name. She’s also aware of trees, flowers, sun and rain.
Self-awareness. It’s a skill we all strive for, and your toddler is beginning to search for his own meaning in this great, big world.
Physical Health & Growth
Have you noticed that she lifts her arms when you dress her? How much she splashes in the bathtub?
English & Language Arts
Conversation is an art, and your toddler is eager to engage! One-year-old verbal skills grow each day.
Help paying for child care
Many Indiana families are eligible for financial help paying for early childhood programs. These programs have varying eligibility, but all help families give their children solid educational starts.