Watch Me Grow

Gross and Fine Motor Skills
Children’s bodies are constantly changing.  This complex process continues throughout their childhood.  No two children progress at the same rate.
If your child seems to be developing a little more slowly than other children, do not worry.  If there is a large disparity between your child development and others her age, you may want to consult with your child’s doctor.

The first year

1-2 Months
         Lift their heads when lying on their stomach

2-3 Months
Grasp objects that are placed in their hands

4-6 Months
May roll over onto their sides; can sit propped up

7-9 Months
Pull themselves up to a standing position while holding on to things; begin crawling; increased finger and thumb dexterity

10-12 Months
Can stand without support; begin walking with help
One to two years

  • Walk without support
  • Take off their clothing
  • Walk backwards without support
  • Kick a ball
  • Stack blocks

Two to three years

  • Jump, climb and run
  • Turn doorknobs
  • Increased finger dexterity
  • Draw basic pictures

Three to six years

  • Improved coordination
  • Hop and skip
  • Ride a bicycle
  • Draw pictures and color inside the lines
  • Print letters of the alphabet

Social and Emotional Development
Social and emotional achievements are often harder to distinguish than signs of physical development. Differences result from a child’s temperament, disabilities, cultural influences, and opportunities provided for social interaction.
Some children are cheerful and adaptable while others are not. This difference in temperament will affect how a child responds to new situations and changes, thereby affecting his social and emotional growth.
Looks at faces and listens to voices
» Cries, smiles
» Quiets when picked up
» Smiles and laughs
» Cries when upset
» Waves arms and legs when excited

» Unsure of strangers
» Plays simple games
» May get upset when separated from caregiver
» Responds to his/her name
» Expresses feelings such as happy, sad, mad, etc.
» Emotionally attached to parent or caregiver
» Enjoys being read to and looking at books
» Imitates others’ actions
12-18 MONTHS
» Likes to explore
» Says simple words such as “mama and dada”
» Is confident, but does not like changes in routine
18-24 MONTHS
» Plays with other children
» Enjoys stories and songs
» Says “NO”!
» Demonstrates loving feelings toward others
24-30 MONTHS
» Uses words to communicate
» Likes people but may be shy in unfamiliar places
» Enjoys games
30-36 MONTHS
» Plays independently
» Begins to share with others
» Separates from caregiver without difficulty in familiar places

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