Children grow and develop at different rates, but developmental milestones can offer important clues about your child’s growth.

By the age of 3 years, most children will:

Communication

  • Name most familiar things
  • Follow 2-3 step instructions
  • Hold conversations using 2-3 sentences
  • Understand prepositions and plurals
  • Know the name of a friend

Social

  • Display an extended range of emotions
  • Be concerned for crying friends
  • Understand the concept of “mine” and “his/hers”
  • Dress and undress themselves
  • Take turns when playing games

Cognitive

  • Be able to do 3-4 piece puzzles
  • Play with toys with moving parts
  • Understand how to work with jar lids and door handles
  • Be able to draw a circle with pencils and crayons
  • Possibly use one hand more than the other
  • Understand the concept of “two”

Movement and Physical Development

  • Ride a tricycle
  • Walk up and down stairs and climb easily

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