Three-year-olds love to explore words and language. They enjoy making up stories. Their favorite literary characters are often animals with human traits, such as Curious George.
During the third year of life, children enjoy expressing their new found sense of humor. Silly word games and imaginative tales are just a few of the ways that three-year-olds amuse themselves!
Very active, they can be found observing and exploring the world around them. Children this age perfect their motor skills by spending endless hours climbing the jungle gym or going down the same slide. They enjoy songs that can be accompanied by whole-body rhythmic movements.
The three-year-old is eager to please. It's a wonderful time to establish excellent lifelong habits, if parents have the patience!
During the third year of life a child typically:
May sleep 10 to 12 hours at night
Hops on one foot
Walks a line
Walks on tiptoes for a few steps
Brushes teeth, washes hands, retrieves own drink
Puts on shoes (no laces)
Completes a six-piece puzzle
Draws simple shapes
Enjoys helping with household tasks
Follows simple directions
Plays spontaneously with two or three children
Identifies some common colors
Counts to three
Enjoys "pretend" games such as playing house
Wets the bed at night occasionally
Uses the toilet often and may need help (boys may not be toilet trained until later this year)
Feeds self completely using a fork and spoon and can butter bread with a knife.