Your child is discovering that some things are alike and some things are different. He is beginning to understand big and little, short and long, soft and hard and many, many more concepts. He is getting better and better at physical things. He can walk, stop quickly and turn corners at this age. He is talking a lot more than before. Also, he has a better understanding of the meaning of words.
Your child's attention span is getting longer. Focus on safety rules both by examples and words.
Always buckle your child in an approved car seat when riding in a car, truck, van or any motor vehicle.
Close snaps and unbutton large buttons
Pedal a tricycle
Run without falling
Point to at least six body parts on a doll or on his own body
Provide appropriate answers for "where" (place) questions that deal with familiar information like: "Where does daddy work?" or "Where do you sleep?"
Understand spatial concepts (on, under, out of, together and away from)
Play on swings, ladders and other playground equipment with a fair amount of ease
Answer routine questions (What is that?, What is your name? How old are you?)
Feed your child a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
NOTE: If your child starts to pull at his ears and is irritable this could be a sign of an ear infection. Call your doctor for more information concerning your child's health.
Play ball with him. Show him how to roll and toss a large, soft ball to you.
Blow bubbles just over his head so he can reach and jump to catch them.
As a special treat between you and your child, let him finger paint with a delicious kind of paint such as pudding. Make chocolate or vanilla pudding. Put some on wax paper and encourage him to make designs. If he licks his fingers, you won't have to worry.
Let your child practice putting on his coat or jacket. He will need your help at first.
Race to see who can beat the other to a particular spot.
Play follow-the-leader with simple verbal commands such as raise your hands, touch the floor, etc.
Play games with light weight balls, bean bags, rolled socks, or any items suitable for tossing. A large laundry basket can be used as a "target" for the tossing game.
Increase coordination skills by putting a strip of masking or duct tape on a plastic tray and letting him pull the tape off and put it back on.
Let him listen to people's voices on the telephone and talk to them.
Give him play dough and encourage him to make different shapes.
Provide opportunities for sorting. He may help to sort the laundry (i.e. socks from shirts).
Read to him daily. Encourage him to point out and name characters in the book's pictures.
Make a hole in the top of a oatmeal box. Give him small sticks (or other small objects) to put through the hole in the top of the box. First, show him how & then let him do it on his own.
Teach your child to be gentle with pets in your home and to leave stray animals alone.