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Child Development (3 years)

Your child's experiences in the early months and years of life affect his/her health, well-being, and coping skills for the rest of his/her life. Your caring, nurturing, and safe parenting help ensure your baby's optimal development. During the toddler years, your child will grow and learn rapidly.

Child development is typically described in five areas: 

  • physical
  • social
  • emotional
  • cognitive
  • language

While there are milestones, development is not a race. Each child grows and develops at his/her own pace. Learning about child development can guide your parenting. You can support and guide your child’s development through activities in each of these four areas:

  • Learning To Think and Play
  • Seeing and Using Hands
  • Hearing, Speech and Language
  • Learning To Move

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
  • Aks questions and uses short sentences
  • Follows 2 to 3 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.


Healthy Living

Updated Oct 2, 2015