Your 2-year-old: Places and spaces

Your 2-year-old: Places and spaces

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Your 2-year-old now

A toddler is aware only of what's immediately before him. But by 2, a child grasps the relative placements of things, and his understanding of space – where people and objects are – expands between 2 and 2 1/2. This includes concepts such as "there," "where," "inside" and "outside," "go away," "near" and "far," "way up in the sky," and "over" and "under." He's gaining a better sense of size, quantity, and other spatial relationships.

You can see this new grasp of spatial thinking in the words he picks up and in his growing ability to follow directions: "Bring me the ball that's over in the corner." "Look on top of the bed."

Some ways to reinforce this new understanding:

  • Talk about where people in his life are when they're not with him: "Daddy's at work." "Grandma lives far away."
  • Play games that involve moving toys on or in or through other objects.
  • Give a series of simple instructions that involve different directions, such as first putting a toy on the chair, then under the chair, and then giving it back to you.
  • Ask questions that prompt him to think about location: "Where do birds live?" "Where do airplanes fly?" "Where's the door?" Don't expect a correct answer every time or turn it into a quiz; just make questions like these part of your everyday conversation.

Your life now

Once your preschooler has dropped his morning nap, the afternoon one becomes more important than ever. Go easy on the number of errands you have to do in a row and mind the clock. Try to be home by naptime. Kids who fall asleep in a car seat or stroller do rest, but their quality of sleep isn't the same as when they sleep in a bed.

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