What to Expect

Your child is now becoming more active

Your child will start kicking and throwing balls. As they develop new skills, encourage your child and tell them they’re doing well. You’ll see them respond by laughing and getting excited. If you want to encourage good behaviour it’s important to be as positive as you can around them.

At this age children should undertake around 30 minutes of structured activity such as going to the park or an indoor toddler obstacle course with a play date friend and at least 60 minutes of unstructured physical activity (being active around the home each day playing with toy cars on the floor, dancing to nursery rhymes etc).

Children need to learn the big activities (gross motor) before they can do the smaller (fine motor) activities.Gross motor activities are physical activities for children to move in a big way. They use their big muscles. When they run, jump, walking, twirl, skip, hop, climb, that’s all gross motor. They’re very physical activities

 

Getting better at talking

Your child will know a range of single words and talk in short sentences.

By the age of two a child will be able to say a range of single words and many children will be talking in short sentences. If your child is trying to say a word but gets it wrong, immediately say the word properly, only once. For example, if your child points to a cat and says ‘Ca!’ say ‘Yes, it’s a cat’. Don’t criticise or tell them off for getting the word wrong. Your child may also be able to point to parts of their body when asked.

 

Learning to use the potty or toilet

Your child may be ready for potty training.

Most parents start thinking about potty training around now, but there’s no perfect time. Every child is different. You can’t or shouldn’t force your child to use a potty, but you can try to work out when your child is ready. There are several signs that your child is starting to develop bladder control. They will know when they’ve got a wet or dirty nappy or when they’re passing urine. They may also tell you in advance if they need a pee.

 

Being creative and using the hands

Your child may enjoy painting or scribbling with a crayon, paint or pencils now. You could also try messy play with finger paints, drawing in sand or making play dough figures and shapes using flour and water

Children often love scribbling and painting. Supervise them at all times during these activities. At first you’ll need to show your child how to hold the crayon or paintbrush. Don’t worry if at first they don’t want to, try again in a few weeks. Use crayons, or powder paint and try talking to your child as they do it. Name colours by saying, for example, ‘This is red’. This will help your child to understand the concept of colour. Use old envelopes and the inside of cereal packets for paper.