What should you expect of children from 2 to 3 years old? Children this age are
- Becoming more aware of others and their own feelings.
- Often stubborn and may have temper tantrums.
- Developing a great interest in other children and enjoy being near them (although they are usually self-centered).
- Able to jump, hop, roll, and climb.
- Developing an interest in pretend play--playing at keeping house, for example, or pretending to cook and care for a baby.
- Expanding their vocabularies (from about 250 to 1,000 words during the year).
- Putting together 2, 3, and 4-word sentences.
What do 2 to 3 year old children need? Children this age require opportunities to
- Develop hand coordination (with puzzles or large beads to string or by scribbling, for example).
- Do more things for themselves, such as putting on clothing.
- Sing, talk, and develop their language.
- Play with other children.
- Try out different ways to move their bodies.
- Do things in the community, such as taking walks and visiting libraries, museums, informal restaurants, parks, beaches, and zoos.
Article Source - U.S. Department of Education