Time for some footwork! At 24 months of age, Your Child can now kick a ball.
After being able to walk, another leg-related milestone that comes around the second birthday is their ability to kick a ball. This is an essential development that teaches children about the body and cognitive coordination.
You can make kicking a fun game by encouraging your little one to knock down a target with the ball. You can also decide to play with Your Child by kicking a softball back and forth with your little one.
How to support this development
In the beginning, parents can help to start the game by holding little Messi up to kick with the leg. This way, Your Child will not use the upper body to interact with the ball but try to kick it instead. Put the ball 1 m away from the little one to try and kick. If the little kicker is shy, hold their hands and run towards the ball together.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Source: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (10 June 2021)