2 years old Milestone

Running, throwing, jumping… your toddler should be hitting these milestones.

The majority of children will achieve these development milestones by the time they turn 2 years. All children develop at different rates. Some children are slower than others (developmentally delayed) but catch up with time. Other children, however, may have an underlying problem that causes their development to be delayed, and they may not catch up.

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Evaluate your child with this checklist

It is important for these children to get as much treatment (early intervention) as possible. So if you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s development, see your child health nurse or doctor for help as soon as you can. If in doubt, it is better to have your concerns checked than to ‘wait and see’.

Gross Motor

  • Run
  • Throw a ball
  • Walk up and down steps, holding on
  • Jump two feet together

Fine Motor

  • Build a tower of 4-8 blocks
  • Copy a drawing of a vertical line
  • Scribble in circles with crayon/pencil
  • Help with dressing and undressing
  • Line three blocks up to make a train
  • Clumsy with stacking blocks

Talking and understanding

  • Say 20-50 clear words
  • Say clear, two-word sentences
  • Name pictures and objects when asked
  • Follow two-step commands
  • Show a broad understanding (receptive vocabulary) of 50 or more objects and pictures
  • Show interest in books and stories


  • Play side-by-side with a same age friend
  • Identify many body parts
  • Use a spoon
  • Show early imaginative play


  • Open screw toy
  • Do puzzles with three items or shapes
  • Copy familiar or recent experiences in play (e.g. teddy goes to the doctor)
  • Use one object to stand for another, like a block for a car
  • Play is physical and repetitive, with little pretending

Youthrive is providing this as general information only and it should not be relied upon as professional or medical advice. You should seek professional and medical advice for particular health concerns or manifestations. Our best efforts have been used to ensure this information is considered correct and current in accordance with accepted best practice in Queensland as at the date of production.

Originally produced by Child Development Network.