Your 29-Month-Old's Thriving Brain: Milestones & Activities (Gross Motor, Speech & More!)

Your 29-Month-Old's Thriving Brain: Milestones & Activities (Gross Motor, Speech & More!)


Hey, Mumma, Dada! I’ve been growing and learning so much lately. Here’s a little update on what I’ve been up to:

The Benefits of My Early Development

Gross Motor Skills: Hey Mumma/Daddy, I'm starting to handle plastic scissors to cut playdough independently. I can fill colors in shapes, though I might overspill a bit, and I can open and close an easy zipper bag!

Fine Motor Skills: Maa/Dada, I love playing with sand and water, making structures, filling and emptying containers, and painting with different materials. I can even sort long and short objects from a pool of objects with two different lengths!

Cognitive Development: Mumma/Daddy, I can move objects in a maze on the ground, recognize missing items and their placement from puzzles, and make comparisons of myself and others, like 'I have a red car, and my friend has a blue car.'

Speech Development: Maa/Dada, I understand words that describe size and can correctly select objects like 'the little doll' or 'the big book.' I also ask questions about stories while being read to!

Self-Care: Mumma/Daddy, I can put on front-buttoned shirts and help with chores like putting trash in the garbage can, helping wipe baseboards or windows, and helping water plants.

Social-Emotional Development: Maa/Dada, I use pronouns like I, she, he, and we in sentences regularly. I can trade similar objects with an adult, take turns in games, and say 'please' and 'thank you' appropriately without a prompt!

Types of my developmental milestones

Other Development Highlights: Mumma/Daddy, I'm learning to handle new materials appropriately and match body movements with the rhythm of music. I'm also getting better at verbal participation and interaction!

Additional Physical Development: I can follow a few dance steps with you. I can turn the pages of a book one by one. I can roll a ball towards someone and stop a ball from coming towards me. I try to take off my shoes and pull down my elastic pants with some help. I’m getting better at using a spoon and fork to eat without spilling much. I enjoy pressing and rolling modeling clay to make shapes with little help. I can throw a ball over my head.

Additional Cognitive Development: I can identify and name 3–5 colors in objects inside and outside the home. I can stack rings independently on the ring stacking toy in the correct order, with little or no help. I understand and can imagine places like home, garden, parking, office, clinic, and shopping. I can identify primary-color objects from a group of colored objects with some guidance. I can recognize an object by just listening to its sound, like saying "phone" when it rings.

Additional Communication Development: I can form phrases of three words to express my thoughts or needs, like "I want curd" or "Let’s go out." My vocabulary has expanded to around 150–200 words, and I recognize most everyday objects now. I’m learning the names of various outdoor items like trees, plants, parts of a tree, paths, roads, sidewalks, poles, and signals. I can identify and name common actions like dancing, playing, jumping, running, and driving. I can name and identify 6–10 fruits when I see pictures or real fruits. I can identify and speak up to five alphabets.

Additional Social and Emotional Development: I cooperate as a team member to perform tasks that can’t be done alone. I recognize myself in old pictures and videos from a few months ago, showing a recall of events over a longer timeframe now. I understand what it means to look good, pretty, or cute, and I like to be praised for my looks when I experiment with new things. I can brush my teeth when instructed by an adult and follow the routine of brushing in the morning and at night. I can wash my hands with help from an adult. I can identify myself by my name and answer the question, "What’s your name?"


Research shows that engaging in these activities helps enhance my cognitive, motor, and social-emotional development. Studies in pediatrics and early childhood development highlight the importance of these interactions for my growth.

Isn’t it amazing, Mumma and Dada?

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