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Social Development: 2 to 3 years
Social Development means being able to make friends and get along with others, to work as part of a team and be a good leader, all of which are built on self-confidence, cooperation and trust.
Emerging SkillsPlay in a group of childrenAssert independence (for example, when dressing and undressing)Understand and follow simple rulesGreet familiar adultsExpress preferences about playmates and experiences
Emotional Development: 2 to 3 years
Parents Can:Use everyday experiences to praise and encourage positive behaviour
Child Will:Begin to develop social skillsFeel good about herself in groupsFeel a sense of belonging
Parents Can:Offer opportunities to play in water and sand
Child Will:Enjoy the sensory experience of these materialsEnjoy messing about, and creating on his own terms
Parents Can:Share a quiet activity together, such as reading a book or watching a favourite TV show
Child Will:Enjoy spending one-on-one time with youFeel valued because you made time for him
Parents Can:Provide opportunities to play with other children
Child Will:Enjoy playing in a groupLearn about others, and begin to practice playing cooperativelyFeel a sense of belonging
Parents Can:Take their toddler to the neighbourhood park or playground and support her efforts to play and learn alongside other children
Child Will:Enjoy activities in a different environment, with othersStart to understand the social rules of interactionExperience waiting her turn for equipment, such as swings and slides
Parents Can: Introduce simple "let's pretend" games that anticipate typical interactions. For example, "Let's pretend that you're talking to Daddy on the phone" or "Let's pretend we're going to the store for groceries."
Child Will:Build on experiences that he has memories ofPractice his language skills using his imagination
Parents Can:Talk to their toddler about limits in a positive way, saying "Please do this" instead of "Don't do this"
Child Will:Be more likely to cooperate and respect limitsBe more likely to comply with requests
Parents Can:Provide clothing that's easy for their toddler to put on herselfAllow their toddler to help choose her clothes for the day
Child Will:Be more likely to cooperate with dressing and undressingFeel that her opinions are valued and respected
Parents Can:Play simple turn-taking games, such as "Red light, green light"
Child Will:Become familiar with games that require rulesPractice waiting her turn
Intellectual Development - Language: 2 to 3 years
Intellectual Development - Numeracy: 2 to 3 years
Intellectual Development - Problem Solving: 2 to 3 years
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