Child Development: 3 years
Your Developing Child: 3 years
- Walks up stairs alternating feet, and down stairs with two feet on a step
- Runs without falling or banging into things
- Begins to use pedals on a tricycle
- Cuts with scissors
- Copies a circle
- Builds a tower of seven or more blocks
- Listens to stories and answers simple questions
- Ask questions and uses short sentences
- Follows two to three directions (e.g, “Get the ball and put it on the table”)
- Enjoys make-believe play
- Takes turns in games and shares with other children
- Matches two or three colors and may name one color
- Completes puzzles with three or four pieces
- Eats well with a fork and spoon
- Puts on clothing but needs help with buttons, zippers, snaps, etc.
- Starts to be toilet trained during the day and is generally dry during the night
There are many ways you can help your child’s development.
Play is a learning experience for children. Play is a universal and vital process for the healthy development of every child. Play is the child’s work and allows him/her to explore the world in which he lives and grows.
If you have any concerns about your child’s development, talk to your public health nurse or family doctor.
Services related to this information:
- Contact your Public Health Nurse
- 811 HealthLine (Newfoundland & Labrador) – Call 811 or 1-888-709-2929 / TTY 1-888-709-3555