Developmental Stages - 12 to 18 Months
We are Starting to Notice Others

We...

  • are too young to share.
  • like to be around other children.
  • imitate other children and adults.
  • like our days to be the same (routine).
We are Busy Getting Into Things

We...

  • drop and throw.
  • stack, knock down, put in and dump out.
  • pull and push toys.
  • turn knobs, push buttons.
  • walk.
  • scribble.
We are "On the Go"

We...

  • like to hear and make familiar sounds.
  • enjoy rhymes and finger-plays.
  • point to objects and pictures you name.
  • say first words.
  • like to have favorite stories read over and over again.
We are Learning to Feed Ourselves

We...

  • are still very messy but eat table foods.
  • drink from a cup and use a spoon.

 

Developmental Stages - 18 to 24 Months
We aren't Babies Anymore

We...

  • like you to talk to us.
  • like to be read to.
  • still need naps.
  • climb on furniture and stairs.
  • pick up little things with our fingers.
  • feed ourselves.
We Want to Be in Control

We...

  • do things by ourselves.
  • “do our own thing” while playing next to each other.
  • like to be given choices. (“Do you want to wear your red or blue pajamas?”)
  • like to know what to expect (routine).
We Like to Talk

We...

  • like to hear ourselves jabber.
  • tell you what we want.
  • say our name.
  • name some body parts, familiar objects and people.
  • put words together (“go bye-bye”).
We are Beginning to Create

We...

  • enjoy dancing and singing.
  • like to experiment with paint, crayons, play-dough, and chalk.

 

Developmental Stages - 24 to 36 Months
We Have Busy Hands and Feet

We...

  • still need bed, bath and meal routines.
  • like to undress ourselves.
  • like to run and jump.
  • try scooter or riding toys
  • make circles, lines and marks.
  • may be interested in learning to use the toilet.
We Learn Through Play and Exploration

We...

  • like to build.
  • like to play with things that wind up or have switches.
  • enjoy working 3-4 piece puzzles.
  • begin make-believe play with dolls, animals, and play people.
We are Talking More and More

We...

  • use a lot of new words.
  • like to talk about what we are doing.
  • enjoy talking about what is happening in pictures.
  • ask a lot of questions using “What,” “Where,” and “Why.”
We Sometimes Play with Others

We...

  • claim everything as “mine.”
  • begin to show affection for other children.
  • may start taking turns.