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Parent Resorces - Child Development Benchmarks: 3 Years Old
Parent Resorces - Child Development Benchmarks: 3 Years Old

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Child Development Benchmarks

Emotional & Social Skills

Intellectual Skills

Fine Motor Skills

 

Developmental Benchmarks: 3 Years Old

In preparation for your next appointment with your child's health care provider, use this page to think about what your child is already doing and what concerns or questions you want to discuss with your child's nurse or doctor. Check off the things your child has already begun to do.

Emotional & Social Skills

  • Plays in groups of two or three children
  • Begins to take turns
  • Sharing becomes evident with friends
  • Enjoys independently doing things for themselves (i.e. "Let me do it." or "I can do it.")
  • Yells "Stop it" at times instead of striking another child

Intellectual Skills

  • Asks "how", "what", "when", and "why" questions
  • Uses verb such as "could", "need", "might", and "help"
  • Uses adverbs such as "how about" and "maybe"
  • Understands the pronouns "you" and "they"
  • Understands "smaller" and "larger"
  • Answers "how" questions appropriately
  • Loves words such as "secret", "surprise", and "different"
  • Uses words to define space such as "back", "up", "outside", "in front of", "in back of", "over", and "next to"

Fine Motor Skills

  • Cuts paper
  • Builds tower of nine small blocks
  • Pastes using a finger
  • Pours from a pitcher
  • Copies a circle from a drawing
  • Draws a straight line
  • Uses fingers to pick up small objects
  • Draws a person with three parts
  • Strings beads and can arrange color and shape
  • Uses a knife to spread at mealtimes



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