14 – 24 Months


  • Follows one-step direction
  • Brings objects from another room in request
  • Uses words with gestures to indicate needs
  • Has 50 word vocabulary
  • Combines two words
  • Imitates adult inflections
  • Uses jargon- phrases or sentences with few recognizable words
  • Speaks clearly about half the time
  • Names three pictures
  • Points to six body parts


  • Uses trial and error to solve problems
  • Places round, square, and triangle piece into sorter
  • Takes things apart and tries to put them together again
  • Overcomes simple obstacles (e.g., uses chair to reach high object)
  • Knows three animal sounds
  • Explores cabinets and drawers
  • Finds detail in favorite picture book or on object


  • Says “no” often
  • Imitates adult behaviors and activities (e.g., sweeps floor, takes picture, fixes things)
  • Feeds or cares for a doll or stuffed animal
  • Plays by self for a short period of time
  • Holds and drinks from open cup with some spilling
  • Gives up bottle
  • Feed self with spoon with some spilling
  • Removes socks, hat, and shoes (laces undone)
  • Share spontaneously with familiar adults
  • Makes choices


  • Walks backward
  • Throws small ball forward
  • Kicks large ball forward
  • Carries large object while walking
  • Walks up stairs holding railing
  • Climbs, runs, straddles and rides toy without pedals
  • Scribbles spontaneously
  • Turns over container to pour out contents


Suggested books:

  • Go Away by D. Corey & D. Paterson
  • Mommy Loves Me by D. Warren & B. Lanza
  • Daddy Loves Me by D. Warren & B. Lanza
  • Hide and Seek Picnic by T. Speer
  • Train Song by C. Lukas, R. Torrey
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear by S. Scott
  • A Boy, A Dog, A Frog, and A Friend by M. Meyer (wordless books)
  • It’s Great to Be Two by F. Pragoff
  • Any Lift the Flap Books

Suggested Activities:

  • Play Dough
  • Playing catch
  • Finger plays
  • Scribbling with crayons
  • Simple first puzzles
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Matching shapes