Practicing his walking skills a lot, probably walking quite steadily now and able to start and stop smoothly.
Loves pushing objects such as big boxes and toys across the room.
May be able to roll a ball to you.
Loves to touch and feel everything he can lay his hands on.
Starts to try activities that need refined hand and finger movements; for example, putting on his shoes, though he may not succeed yet.
Cognitive and Mental Development
Takes every chance he can get to practice saying what ever latest word he has learned over and over again until he has a new word to practice on. For example, he’ll search in books, wait for an image on TV, go outside your house, etc. just to be able to point to a car and to say it many times.
Also repeats words he hears even though he doesn’t know the meanings of those words (so be careful with swear words!).
Communicates with gestures and “tools” to make you understand, for instance, he’ll bring out her shoes to let you know he wants to go outside.
Loves hide-and-seek games, as he now has the cognitive ability to appreciate object permanence.
His ability to remember people, places and events gets better.
Learns concepts such as shapes, colors, space around him, and also about feelings and relationships by playing, more than from “educational” things such as videos, flashcards, etc.
Emotional and Behavioral Development
May test your patience as he becomes stubborn about his desires (what he wants to eat, where he wants to walk, etc) and determined to do things he may not yet be capable of (pouring juice from a can into his cup).
May become aggressive toward playmates, hitting or biting them, more likely due to frustration rather than a desire to hurt. He still can’t understand that other children have feelings, too.
Engages in parallel play, meaning, he and other toddlers play side by side but don’t interact except if one tries to get another child’s toy. There is no “socializing” yet.
He thinks he is the center of the universe, as he hasn’t discovered the concept of “others.”