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.

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Last updated: 2021-03-12