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Developmental Milestones for Your 3-Year Old

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Remember that every child develops at a different pace.  So, not every child will be able to perform all of the following skills.  However, if your child or a child that you know is lacking in a great number of these developmental milestones, please contact your Regional Service Coordinator to arrange a free evaluation.

By 3 Years Old I Can:
  • Jump up and down
  • Begin to pedal a riding toy
  • Throw a big ball and catch it
  • Sort two objects that match
  • Play with others and share toys sometimes
  • Talk in short sentences and try to tell you what I'm feeling
  • Ask what and why questions
  • Play with an adult
  • Undress myself
  • Speak so that non-family members understand most of my words
  • Try to use the potty, but may still have accidents
  • Wash and dry my hands myself before a meal and after going potty
  • I come when called from another room

To Help Me Develop and Keep Me Healthy, My Family Can:

  • Help me put my toys away
  • Play imitation action games like "Simon Says"
  • Let me help with simple chores so I feel like a "big girl or boy"
  • Model when to use please, thank you, and sorry
  • Show me how to take off shoes, socks, and pants
  • Talk to me about the things we are going to do or we have done during the day
  • Offer me three meals with small portions; sometimes I don't eat much
  • Offer me fruit and vegetables for snacks
  • Assist me with daily tooth brushing and use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste
  • Start me with regular Dentist check-ups


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