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.