24 – 36 Months

Language:

  • Follows two-step direction
  • Tells name
  • Names eight pictures
  • Names three body parts
  • Initiates and carries on a short conversation
  • Uses four word sentences
  • Uses intelligible words 75% of the time
  • Has 200+ word vocabulary
  • Uses pronouns (I, you, me)
  • Uses verbs and past tense
  • Uses plural words (socks)
  • Asks what, where and why question
  • Understands the actions and events of simple stories
  • Answers questions
  • Verbalizes two prepositions

Intellectual:

  • Engages in make-believe play
  • Remembers events and places
  • Matches identical pictures or objects
  • Points to big and little objects upon request
  • Sorts toys by one characteristic (e.g., color, shape, etc.)
  • Completes simple puzzles
  • Names one color
  • Understands meaning of two
  • Avoids common dangers
  • Nest or stacks toys or objects of graduated sizes

Social-Emotional:

  • Uses the words “mine” or “me”
  • Follows 3 to 5 simple rules
  • Interacts with other children
  • Takes turn in activities with guidance
  • Initiates own play
  • Desires routine some of the time
  • Expresses emotions in words
  • Washes and dries own hands
  • Undresses and dresses self with help

 

Motor:

  • Catches a large ball
  • Jumps up with both feet off the floor
  • Balances on one foot
  • Walks up and down stairs by self, alternating feet
  • Tolerates swinging, spinning, rocking
  • Builds tower of six cubes
  • Imitates vertical line
  • Holds pencil with thumb and fingers (adult-like grip)
  • Snips with scissors
  • Screws and unscrews toys, jars, door knobs

Suggested Books:

  • Let’s Look at Sizes by N. Tuxworth
  • Froggy Gets Dressed by J. London & F. Remkiewicz
  • Let’s Look at Colors by L.B. Staff & N. Tuxworth
  • Can’t Sleep Little Bear? by M. Waddell & B. Firth
  • I Spy Little Book by J. Marzollo & W. Wick
  • I Was So Mad by M. Mayer
  • Machines at Work by B. Barton
  • Spot’s Big Book of Colors by E. Hill
  • Lunch by D. Flemming
  • The Very Busy Spider by E. Carle
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by E. Carle
  • The Runaway Bunny by M. Wise Brown

Suggested Activities:

  • Matching shapes and colors
  • Ball playing, throwing, kicking, and catching
  • Finger painting with shave cream, pudding, and whipped cream
  • Building with blocks
  • Lotto and memory games
  • Dress up play
  • Board games
  • Cutting with scissors