BABY AND TODDLER - 3 YEARS

Social/Emotional

  • Takes turns in games
  • Understands the idea of “mine” and “his” or “hers”
  • Separates easily from mom and dad
  • May get upset with major changes in routine
     

Language/Communication

  • Follows instructions with 2 or 3 steps
  • Can name most familiar things
  • Says words like “I”, “me”, “we” and “you”
  • Talks well enough for strangers to understand most of the time
  • Carries on a conversation using 2 to 3 sentences


Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem solving)

  • Understands the idea of “mine” and “his” or “hers”
  • Understands concepts such as “in’, “out”, “on” and “under”
  • Plays make-believe with dolls, animals, and people
  • Does puzzles with 3 or 4 pieces
     

Movement/Physical Development

  • Fine motor
    • Builds towers of more than 6 blocks
    • Turns single pages
    • Able to imitate circular, vertical, horizontal strokes
    • Screws and unscrews jar lids or turns door handles
  • Gross motor
    • Climbs well
    • Runs easily
    • Pedals a tricycle
    • Walks up and down stairs, one foot on each step
       

Ask for help if your child:

  • Falls down a lot or has trouble with stairs
  • Drools or has a very unclear speech
  • Cannot work simple toys (peg boards, simple puzzles, turning handles)
  • Does not speak in sentences
  • Does not pretend play or make-believe
  • Does not want to play with other children or toys
  • Does not make eye contact

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