3 Year Olds

Those first two years have certainly flown by and now your child is 3 years old! As you know, growth and development is in full force and new milestones are here. At age 3, the following milestones are some of the new things to highlight: running and jumping is easier, uses stairs without assistance, rides a tricycle, washes and dries own hands, copies a circle and easily draws a straight line, stands on tippy toes, easily dresses and undresses self and may struggle some with buttons/laces, uses spoon well to feed self, may focus on a task for nearly 10 minutes, most teeth have arrived, trained to use the restroom as needed, shows better ability to share with friends and take turns, fewer temper tantrums and expresses feelings in more socially acceptable ways.

La Petite helps increase your child’s learning at this age by spending time and allowing your child to talk with us, teaching him how things work, encouraging him to play nicely with others, encouraging him to tell stories in sequential order, having him help with simple chores such as picking up toys, dancing and singing songs or nursery rhymes and teaching them words, reading to them, letting them build things, putting puzzles together, tracing, using imaginative play like dress up and role play, teaching alphabet and more colors, shapes and numbers, recognizing site words, measuring, drawing 2-D shapes, using manipulative items for adding/subtracting, exploring the 5 senses, naming parts of plants, animals and human body, creating art using paints, clay and other materials, promoting self-control and positive attitudes, helping with collaboration among peers, increasing attention spans by showing patience and consistency during encounters, encouraging group and free play, helping with gross motor skills by allowing bike riding, playing with balls and dancing, enhancing fine motor skills by using stacking lego-type blocks, magnets and paints.

Preschoolers can communicate easily and clearly.  At this age they should be potty trained and feeding themselves.  As caregivers we will allow them to experience daily needs own their own.  This will assist them in becoming a bit more independent.  Preschoolers play in different groups, learn to share, take turns and socialize with each other.  They are learning more about words, numbers, names and things.

Here are just some of the activities you can expect your preschooler to experience:

  • Play games using words, colors, numbers and shapes
  • Cook, pour, measure and serve with kitchen toys
  • Arts and crafts
  • Reading picture books

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