3 Year Old Developmental Milestones

3 Year Old Developmental Milestones

Age: Three Years.

Your child at age three may seem very grown up. Her attention span is longer she is no longer saying “no,” as often, and she has become interested in many things.

3 Year Old Developmental Milestones

1. By three, children recognize and identify almost all common objects in pictures.

2. Three-year-olds have come to understand differences such as big and little.

3. She can sort by shapes such as circles, squares, and triangles and can understand the concept of the number “two.” While she may not know the

names of colors, she can match items of the same color.

4. A three-year-old uses her thinking skills to solve problems.

5. A three-year-old’s play often involves imitating adult tasks such as cleaning

or cooking.

6. Your child may use her imagination, pretending that it is bedtime for Teddy and putting a blanket to cover him up.

Language and Communication Development.

1. She speaks in complete sentences of 3 to 5 words and can use pronouns such as me, you, we, us, them, and some plurals like cars, dogs or cats. She is able to say her name age and sex.

Others will be able to understand most of what she says.

2. She is able to respond to questions when asked, and can answer questions that require more than a “yes” or “no” answer like, “where do you think bunny went to?” Your child is probably asking a lot of “why?” questions.

3. Sometimes it seems endless, but patience in your responses helps three-year-olds learn. By three, a child uses language to express both thoughts and feelings.

4. She can understand sentences with two or more ideas.

Talking with your child about everything helps her grow and learn.

3-Year-Old Emotional Development Milestones.

1. By three, a child is better able to contain their emotions and there will be fewer tantrums and outbursts.

2. When a three-year-old sees another child crying they may try to comfort the child.

3. At three, children express affection openly and express a wide range of emotions.

4. By three, a child will separate easily from his parents.

5. This age, she is interested in playing with other children, and friends become increasingly important.

3- to 4-Year-Old Development: Movement Milestones.

1. By three, a child’s balance is fairly good overall.

2. Around three, children learn to jump, usually from a bottom step of stairs and may do this over and over again.

3. Three-year-olds can climb ladders, use a slide independently and alternate their feet when climbing stairs.

4. He walks with an almost adult style and runs around obstacles easily.

5. He can catch large balls and throw balls overhand.

6. Instead of simply scribbling with markers or crayons, the three-year-old make simple drawings.

7. She is able to copy drawings such as a circle or a cross. Because eye-hand coordination is so much more developed at three, a child may enjoy threading large beads onto a thick string or may want to build a tall tower of blocks.

3-year-old stages of development

There are several things you can do to help your 3-year-old developmental milestones and learn.

Some ways you can support your child’s developmental milestones is to:

1. Point out colors and numbers in the course of everyday conversation.

2. Provide lots of sensory experiences for learning and developing coordination, sand, finger paint, puzzles, markers, and crayons.

3. Give your child opportunities to move about and use the large muscles—

time at the playground, park or backyard.


Sometimes, children aren’t developing as typically expected.

These signs indicate that your child may not be developing as other 3-year-old children:

1. When she frequently falls and has difficulty going up or down the stairs;

2. Has persistent drooling or very unclear speech.

3. Is unable to build a tower of more than four blocks.

4. Is unable to communicate in short phrases.

5. Doesn’t engage in “pretend” play.

6. Is unable to understand simple instructions.

7. Has little interest in other children.

8. Has extreme difficulty separating from parents.

if you have concerns about your child’s development, contact your health care provider.

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