What You Should Know About Three-Year Olds?
Three-year olds are full of wonder and spends a lot of time watching, observing, and imitating. Their days are filled with busy exploration of their world. They are interested in perfecting motor skills, and it is common for them to spend the entire morning going down the slide or riding a favorite tricycle.

Three-year-olds have very little memory for past events and do not understand "yesterday" and "tomorrow" the way adults do. They often repeat activities or may do and undo actions such as putting a puzzle together. These sequences are important to later understandings of change and consistency.

What are three-year olds like?

Physical (Motor- Fine & Cross)

  • Pours liquids from containers without spills
  • Draws a straight line
  • Uses pincer grasp (thumb and forefinger)
  • Uses utensils when eating
  • Pedals a riding toy
  • Stumbles and falls are common
  • Demonstrates more highly developed large muscles than
         small muscles

Social & Emotional

  • Plays alone or beside another child
  • Overestimates abilities
  • Begins to share sometimes
  • Enjoys independence- wants to do for self
  • Begins to express frustrations verbally, rather than physically

Language (Receptive and Expressive)

  • Talks in short, simple sentences
  • Says familiar nursery rhymes
  • Uses language to get wants and needs met
  • Listens to stories
  • Begins to use language as a social tool
  • Uses a vocabulary of approximately 1200 words

Cognitive/Intellectual Skills

  • Asks many questions
  • Sorts objects which belong together
  • Matches colors
  • Compares two objects
  • Likes to listen to stories