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At two years old, your child is becoming more independent and may be wanting to share their interests with parents and family as well as enjoying time with friends and family.

At two years old your child might be:

  • copying things that you do – like sweeping the floor
  • dressing up or pretending
  • beginning to use two- to three-word sentences
  • having tantrums to express frustration or strong emotions
  • running.

Here are some ideas to help you support your child’s development at two years old:

  • Think about things your child could make. Get messy and use different colours, textures and shapes, talking about them as you go.
  • Play together and move in lots of different ways – run, jump, balance and dance.
  • Share lots of books and stories with your child, even make up your own stories together. Be a bit silly!
  • Encourage your child to have a go at doing things themselves and to talk about it with you.
  • Talk to your child about what you see on the pages of books, and encourage your child to turn the pages of the book.
  • Talk to your child about everyday things like a bus stop sign and what it’s for.