Toddlers are developing independence and gaining a strong sense of self-identity. They increasingly insist on working on tasks by themselves and exerting control over their environment. They like to explore, test, and figure out what is happening in the world around them. They have a growing interest in books, art, toys, and other activities. Although they will spend the majority of their time playing alone or with adults, they will engage in parallel play with peers. Their ability to communicate continues to increase, as does their understanding of the world around them.
For some specific examples of these indicators within each domain and what you can do to support children, visit the Parents & Caregivers section for 19-36 months.
Download the Guidelines for children 19-36 months for complete descriptions of specific behaviors and suggested supports.