3 Years Old

Motor Development

• Develops a taller, thinner, adult-like appearance
• Develops a full set of baby teeth
• Sleeps 10 to 12 hours at night
• Sleeps through most nights without wetting the bed (occasional accidents are still quite common)
• Uses the toilet with some help (many boys may not be ready for toilet learning until 3 ½)
• Puts on shoes (but cannot tie laces)
• Dresses self with some help (buttons, snaps, zippers)
• Feeds self (with some spilling)
• Tries to catch a large ball
• Throws a ball overhead
• Kicks a ball forward
• Hops on 1 foot
• Walks short distance on tip toe
• Climbs up and down a small slide by self
• Pedals a tricycle

Speech, Language, and Mental Development

• 75 to 80 percent is understandable; talks in complete sentences of 3 to 5 words: “Mommy is drinking juice.”  “There’s a big dog.”
• Stumbles over words sometimes; usually not a sign of stuttering
• Listens attentively to short stories; likes familiar stories told without any changes in words
• Repeats words and sounds
• Enjoys listening to stories and repeating simple rhymes
• Able to tell simple stories from pictures or books
• Enjoys singing and can carry and simple tune
• Understands “now,” “soon,” and “later”
• Asks who, what, where, and why questions
• Stacks 5 to 7 blocks
• Enjoys playing with clay or play dough (pounds, rolls, and squeezes it)
• Puts together a 6 piece puzzle
• Draws a circle and square
• Recognizes everyday sounds
• Matches objects and pictures
• Identifies common colors
• Can count 2 to 3 objects
• Can answer the question, “Are you a boy or a girl?”