Development and Characteristics of a 51-52 Month Old Child

Parenting September 14, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 51-52 Month Old Child

How I Move:

  • I have a longer, leaner body.
  • I am lively and active until I get tired.
  • I like to act like an acrobat.
  • I can jump my own height and land on my feet.
  • I throw a large ball and kick with some accuracy.
  • I dress myself.
  • I have control in finger-hand activities.

How I Think and Learn:

  • I like a variety of things to play with. I like to learn.
  • I accept changes as long as you prepare me for them.
  • I confuse facts and fantasy.
  • I understand simple reasons for things.
  • I recognize today and tomorrow.
  • I can do two things at once.
  • I understand the concept of three and can name more objects.
  • I like dramatic play and like to use simple props.
  • My attention span is 8 to 12 minutes long.
  • I call people names and might swear.
  • I enjoy silly words and rhymes without meaning.
  • I may criticize and compare.
  • My vocabulary is 1,500 words.
  • I tell tall tales.
  • I am able to talk through some problems and conflicts.

How I Get Along with Others:

  • I might dominate, be bossy and boastful.
  • I might hit and grab for what I want.
  • I play cooperatively with two or three children, but am impatient in larger groups.
  • I might be assertive or show-off.
  • I love to tease you.
  • I have a terrific sense of humor. I love nonsense and silliness.
  • I might resist your rules, argue and test limits.
  • I am easily over-stimulated and might go out-of-bounds.

Learn more about Your Child: 51-52 Months from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.

Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.