Milestones of Development 3 Years

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Hands

Adept at picking up small objects

Hands

Can handle scissors to a degree

Hands

Control of a pencil improving

Hands

Can build a tower of 9 small blocks

Hands

Turns on, turns off

Hands

Hand-to-hand

Hands

Construct with objects

Hands

Increasing control of fingers

Hands/Eyes

Can copy a circle from a drawing of a circle

Body Movements

Helps put toys and clothes away

Body Movements

Walks very well, climbs stairs, rides a trike

Body Movements

Run, jump, gallop, clap

Body Movements

Enjoy up & down, push & pull, back & forth movements

Body Movements

Run, jump, pull

Body Movements

Construct with objects

Body Movements

Need space in which to move

Body Movements

Coordination - bilateral mobility & manipulation

Body Movements

Can stand on one foot and on toes w/ momentary balance

Body Movements

Like to climb on jungle gym

Body Movements

Run, jump & climb with finer coordination

Body Movements

Swing arms freely while walking or running

Body Movements

Get up from a squatting position without help

Body Movements

Can catch a large ball with their arms extended forward

Body Movements

Can throw without losing balance

Body Movements

Can kick a ball

Body Movements

Use pedals riding a tricycle; can steer to avoid obstacles

Body Movements

Enjoy sliding down a not-too-steep slide

Body Movements

Jump from bottom step to floor

Body Movements

Shoulders held more erect

Body Movements

Ride tricycle

Locomotion

Can climb up an inclined board

Locomotion

Can walk backwards

Locomotion

Walk well without close visual inspection of moving feet

Locomotion

Alternate feet when going upstairs; but not down

Locomotion

Tandem walks

Locomotion

Can walk a straight line

Listening

Follows reasoning & suggestions with grown-ups

Listening

Listens when you speak to her & follows suggestions

Listening

Respond to simple directions

Listening

Talk out loud, don't listen

Talking / Communication

Talks in complete sentences

Talking / Communication

Sings and can carry a simple tune

Talking / Communication

Talks, and talks, and talks

Talking / Communication

Enjoy new and unfamiliar words

Talking / Communication

Average vocabulary is 900 words

Talking / Communication

Can repeat 3 numerical digits

Talking / Communication

Most are good talkers

Talking / Communication

Use language to get what they want

Talking / Communication

Start asking "how", "what", "why", "when" questions

Talking / Communication

Name pictures of familiar things in picture books

Talking / Communication

Remember words of many songs

Talking / Communication

Final consonants appear more regularly

Talking / Communication

Voice is generally well controlled

Talking / Communication

Verbal responses are comprehensible

Talking / Communication

Use plurals in speech; use personal pronouns "I", "me"

Talking / Communication

Still uses their own rather than accepted grammar

Talking / Communication

Joins in few words of song

Talking / Communication

Nods, agrees, steps forward, leans

Talking / Communication

Short sentences, avoid "I"

Talking / Communication

Will talk to friendly people ion 3-4 word sentences

Talking / Communication

Can talk about what they see in books

Talking / Communication

Talk of self and others

Talking / Communication

Average number of words of 896

Dressing

Helps with dressing and undressing

Dressing

Can manage large buttons and zippers

Dressing

Wash hands; require supervision for drying

Dressing

Better at undressing than dressing

Dressing

Can put on and take off own shoes, socks & underpants

Dressing

Need help with hard to reach buttons and zippers

Dressing

Needs help tying shoes

Feeding/Eating

Feeds himself without spilling

Feeding/Eating

Appetite fairly good

Feeding/Eating

Self-feeding with little spilling

Feeding/Eating

Cup now held by handle in adult fashion

Sleeping

May take a pretend nap instead of a real one

Sleeping

may sleep through the night

Sleeping

Afternoon nap is a quiet play time or rest period

Toileting

Is usually dry all night, but forgets sometimes

Toileting

Controls bowels and bladder during daytime

All

Multi-sensory input & output mentally & physically

Visual

Sort objects by color and size

Visual

Eyes coordinate well

Visual

Show facility in moving their eyes

Visual

Can follow a moving target without losing attention

Visual

Match 4 colors

Attachment

Acts like a baby when he's tired, may want to be carried

Attachment

May be afraid of animals, of the dark, of being hurt

Attachment

Tries to get attention and approval with frown-ups

Attachment

Adjusts quite easily to strange people and places

Attachment

Needs less help from grown-ups when solving problems

Attachment

Imaginary playmate

Attachment

Significant social relations center around basic family

Emotional

Is agreeable and cheerful most of the time

Emotional

Begins to tell about having dreams

Emotional

Begins to have sympathy toward people and animals

Emotional

Starts to notice differences between boys and girls

Emotional

Shares and takes turns most of the time

Emotional

Sometimes has a special friend or imaginary playmate

Emotional

Follows most routines

Emotional

Tries to please

Emotional

Says "yes" as easily she once said "no"

Emotional

Begins to make choices for himself

Emotional

Enjoys brief excursions to test independence

Emotional

Need structure & guidance to control themselves

Emotional

Are rooted in the concrete use of objects & things

Emotional

Like social contact

Emotional

Needs reminders to "trigger" good behavior

Emotional

Self-regulation

Emotional

Social-sharing, less egocentric

Emotional

No buddies, independent

Emotional

Emotionally "on the make" - curious

Emotional

Role identification

Emotional

Can differentiate a boy from a girl

Emotional

Will cooperate in putting toys away

Emotional

Can deal with and benefit from a playgroup or school

Emotional

Enjoy being with peers

Emotional

Mutual responsiveness with peers

Emotional

Beginning to learn to take turns

Emotional

Subject to fits of anger or jealousy

Emotional

May have bad dreams but are easily quieted

Emotional

Cooperative play

Emotional

Fantasy play

Emotional

Increasing interest in playing with other children

Emotional

Understands what it means to wait his turn

Emotional

Will sometimes share his toys

Emotional/Attachment

Can be very jealous of a new baby in the home

Emotional/Attachment

Up and down preferences

Emotional/Attachment

Value mother most of all

Emotional/Imitation

Will imitate and parallel play with adults

Emotional/Temper.

Sometimes bossy and tells others what to do

Emotional/Temper.

Tends to show aggression & irritability when unfamiliar

Imitation

Will model behavior seen on TV, or heard in conversation

Imitation

Acts like Mom or Dad or "bad-guy"

Temperament

Displays temperamental behavior when confronted

Temperament

Average are friendly and agreeable

Temperament

Takes turns

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