1. Walks independently:
At 21 months old, most children are able to walk independently, on their own two feet without the need for support from a parent or caregiver. This is an important milestone that indicates they have developed body awareness and coordination. They will also likely be taking longer steps with more balance and control as they begin to explore the world more independently.
2. Runs well:
By 21 months old, most children should be able to run comfortably and with some control over their movements. This is a sign that they have strong gross motor skills and are able to use their muscles in a coordinated way to move quickly. It also indicates they have some balance and coordination.
3. Climbs up and down stairs:
At this age, children should be able to climb up and down stairs independently without assistance from an adult or caregiver. This requires complex coordination of several different muscle groups as well as good body awareness and a sense of balance.
4. Stands on one foot:
Most children at 21 months old can stand for short periods of time on one foot. This is a sign that they have developed good balance and coordination and are further developing their fine motor skills.
5. Copies a simple shape:
By 21 months old, most children can copy a simple shape such as a circle or square with the help of an adult or caregiver. This indicates that they have some understanding of shapes and are beginning to understand the concept of spatial relationships.
6. Scribbles with crayon or pencil:
Most children at this age should be able to make rudimentary strokes with a crayon or pencil by scribbling back and forth on paper. This is an important milestone as it indicates they are developing their fine motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination.
7. Names common objects:
At 21 months old, most children can name common objects such as colors, shapes, and animals when prompted by an adult or caregiver. This is a sign that they are beginning to understand language and have some knowledge of the world around them.
8. Points to pictures when named:
Most children at this age should be able to point to pictures when their name is spoken, whether it’s in books or on television. This indicates that they have developed good recognition skills and can make connections between words and images.
9. Understands simple commands:
By 21 months old, most children should understand basic commands such as “sit down” and “put your toy away”. This shows that they have some understanding of verbal instructions and can respond to them appropriately.
10. Follows two-step instruction:
At 21 months old, most children should be able to follow a two-step instruction, such as “pick up your toy and put it in the box”. This indicates that they are beginning to understand more complex directions and can carry out multiple tasks at once.