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Your Three Year Old


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Every child's development is unique and complex. Although children develop through a generally predictable sequence of steps and milestones, they may not proceed through these steps in the same way or at the same time. A child's development is also greatly influenced by factors in his or her environment and the experiences he or she has. The information in this guide explains what child development experts consider to be "widely-held expectations" for what an average child might achieve within a given year. Please consider what you read in the context of your child's unique development.


How your child may develop this year


        Three-year-olds learn primarily through exploring, using all the senses. While playing, they are better able to ignore distractions and focus on the task at hand. They will even persist in completing something that is a bit difficult and can think more creatively and methodically when solving problems.

        Language for three-year-olds is taking off. They learn lots of new words and make major improvements in pronunciation. They communicate in simple sentences and are refining their use of grammar. Children this age begin to initiate conversations, want to talk about areas of interest and can relate personal experiences to others with the support of some prompting from grown-ups.

        Three-year-olds are also able to listen to and understand conversations, stories, songs and poems. They are learning their letters, but may also refer to numbers as "letters." They notice print in the environment and may ask what it means. They also realize that print in books tells a reader what to say. During the year, scribbles begin to appear more like letters and children may string several of these "letters" together to form mock words. They become aware of the uses for writing and may dictate words for adults to write down.

        Children this age develop their logical reasoning skills as they play. They can put together simple puzzles and understand that a whole object can be separated into parts. They are able to classify and sort objects, but usually by only one characteristic at a time. Three-year-olds identify and describe objects that are the "same" or "different." They can count up to "five," and begin to recognize written numerals "0" through "9." When counting items in a collection, they can now label each object with just one number word to determine the total ("one to one correspondence").

        Physically, three-year-olds are less top-heavy than toddlers and move with greater sureness. They have improved their abilities to run, climb and perform other large-muscle activities. They can ride a tricycle or pump a swing. They can catch a large ball using two hands and their bodies. Improved finger dexterity allows them to put together simple puzzles, use tools, hold crayons with fingers instead of fists, make balls and snakes out of clay and undress without assistance.

        Emotionally, three-year-olds need familiar adults nearby for security as they explore and play. As they develop more independence, children this age begin to have real friendships with other children. When conflicts arise with peers, three-year-olds will typically seek adult assistance. They are learning to recognize the causes of feelings and will give simple help, such as a hug, to those who are upset. Three-year-olds can better manage their emotions, but may still fall apart under stress.

        Three-year-olds build on their abilities in the creative arts by developing greater control over their voices and by recognizing, naming and singing their favorite songs. They can play simple rhythm instruments with a developing ability to control beat, tempo and pitch. Their art also begins to include recognizable subjects. Three-year-olds love dramatic play and will sometimes get so involved in their imagined scenarios that they continue their roles even after the play stops. They also prefer to use real objects and costumes in their pretend play.


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Three-year-olds love to explore words and language. They enjoy making up stories. Their favorite literary characters are often animals with human traits, such as Curious George.

During the third year of life, children enjoy expressing their new found sense of humor. Silly word games and imaginative tales are just a few of the ways that three-year-olds amuse themselves!

Very active, they can be found observing and exploring the world around them. Children this age perfect their motor skills by spending endless hours climbing the jungle gym or going down the same slide. They enjoy songs that can be accompanied by whole-body rhythmic movements.

The three-year-old is eager to please. It's a wonderful time to establish excellent lifelong habits, if parents have the patience!


Developmental Milestones - Three Year Olds


During the third year of life a child typically:

        May sleep 10 to 12 hours at night

        Hops on one foot

        Walks a line

        Walks on tiptoes for a few steps

        Brushes teeth, washes hands, retrieves own drink

        Puts on shoes (no laces)

        Completes a six-piece puzzle

        Draws simple shapes

        Enjoys helping with household tasks

        Follows simple directions

        Plays spontaneously with two or three children

        Identifies some common colors

        Counts to three

        Enjoys "pretend" games such as playing house

        Wets the bed at night occasionally

        Uses the toilet often and may need help (boys may not be toilet trained until later this year)

        Feeds self completely using a fork and spoon and can butter bread with a knife.

        Speaks in three- to five-word sentences

        Uses plurals (cats, dogs, etc.)

        May have difficulty getting some words out (not a sign of stuttering)

        Sings a simple tune

        Asks a lot of the "Five W" questions

        Demonstrates a three-minute attention span

        Remembers yesterday's happenings

        Understands some dangers, such as moving cars

        Feels shame when caught doing something wrong

        Is interested in similarities and differences

        Understands difference between self and younger children

        Doesn't understand difference between self and older children

        May show preference for opposite sex parent

        Develops sense of humor and enjoys making people

Read More Developmental Milestones - Three Year Olds

Shows for Children on PBS

Between the Lions

Berenstain Bears




Curious George

Dragon Tales

George Shrinks

It's a Big Big World

Jay Jay

Mister Rogers

Reading Rainbow


Sesame Street



Between the Lions

Franny's Feet

Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies

Martha Speaks

Sid the Science Kid

Super Why!





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