Development of a Three Year Old

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  • Language
    • can tell how common objects are used
    • uses sentences of 4 or more words
    • asks and answers questions (who, what, where, why, how)
    • will attend for 5-minute story
    • uses plurals, opposites, prepositions (inside, over, under)
    • tells about experiences, describes activities
    • carries out two unrelated commands
    • Motor Skills
    • draws a cross, v, circle
    • snips with scissors, cuts on line
    • kicks, throws, and catches ball
    • walks up and down stairs, alternating feet
    • pedals tricycle
    • buttons and unbuttons buttons
    • jumps from height of 8 inches
  • Cognitive Skills
    • knows big/little, long/short, heavy/light
    • knows finger plays/songs with action and words
    • sorts objects into categories
    • imitates counting to 10
    • starting to draw person
    • names 2 shapes, 3 colors
    • completes 6-piece interlocking puzzle
    • knows same and different
  • Social Skills
    • greets, says please, thank you without reminders
    • takes turns, plays well with others
    • stays in own yard
    • cooperates with adults 75% of the time
    • follows rules in group games
    • helps with a few household chores
    • shows pride in what he/she makes
    • enjoys simple humor
    • Self-Help Skills
    • dresses self
    • wipes/blows own nose
    • avoids common dangers
    • uses toilet, usually dry all night
    • feeds self