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3 Years

Developmental Milestones by the End of 3 Years:


· Imitates adults and playmates

· Spontaneously shows affection for familiar playmates

· Can take turns in a game

· Understands concepts of “mine’ and “his/hers”

Speech and Language:

· Follows a two-and three-component command

· Recognizes and identifies almost all common objects and pictures

· Understands most sentences

· Understands physical relationships (“on”, “in”, “under”)

· Uses four-and five-word sentences

· Can say name, age, sex

· Uses pronouns (I, you, me, we, they) and some plurals (cars, dogs, cats)

· Stranger can understand nearly all of her words


· Makes mechanical toys work

· Matches an object in her hand or room to a picture in a book

· Plays make-believe with dolls, animals, people

· Sorts objects by shape and color

· Completes puzzles with three or four pieces

· Understands concept of “two”

Hand and Finger Skills:

· Makes vertical, horizontal, and circular strokes with pencil or crayon

· Turns book pages one at a time

· Builds a tower of more than six blocks

· Holds a pencil in writing position

· Screws and unscrews jar lids, nuts, and bolts

· Turns rotating handles


· Climbs well

· Walks up and down stairs, alternating feet

· Kicks ball

· Runs easily

· Pedals tricycle

· Bends over easily without falling


· Expresses affection openly

· Expresses a wide range of emotions

· By 3, separates easily from parents

· Objects to major changes in routine

Developmental Watch:

The developmental milestones give you a general idea of the changes you can expect as your child but don’t be alarmed if her development takes a slightly different course. Each child develops at her own pace. Do consult us, or your pediatrician, however, if your child displays any of the following signs of possible developmental delay for this age range.

· Frequent falling and difficulty with stairs

· Persistent drooling or unclear speech

· Inability to build a tower of more than 4 blocks

· Difficulty manipulating small objects

· Inability to copy a circle by age 3

· Inability to communicate in short phrases/sentences

· No involvement in “pretend” pay

· Failure to understand simple instruction

· Little interest in other children

· Extreme difficulty separating from mother

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Age based developmental milestones include speech and language, social, emotional, cognitive, movement and more.

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