AT THE END OF AGE 3

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
  • Run and walk without tripping over their feet.
  • Jump, hop, and stand on one foot.
  • Walk backwards and climb stairs one foot after the other.
  • Kick and throw a small ball.
  • Catch a big ball (most of the time).
  • Climb
  • Start pedalling a tricycle or bike.
FINE MOTOR SKILLS
  • Draw a circle with a crayon, pencil, or marker.
  • Play with toys that have small moving parts and/or buttons.
  • Turn the pages of a book one at a time.
  • Start to construct using six or more blocks.
  • Work door handles and open twist-on bottle tops.
COGNITIVE MILESTONES
  • Name the eight primary colours.
  • Recite numbers to 10 and start counting groups of things.
  • Start understanding time in terms of morning, night, and days of the week.
  • Remember and retell favourite stories.
  • Understand and talk about things that are “the same” and “different”.
  • Follow simple three-step directions (“Brush your teeth, wash your face, and put on your pyjamas.”).
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL MILESTONES
  • Be interested—although hesitant—about going to new places and trying new things.
  • Start to play with other kids (as opposed to only playing side-by-side).
  • Start being able to comfort and show concern for an unhappy friend without prompting.
  • Take turns while playing (even if they don’t like to!).
  • Play “real life” with toys like play kitchens.
  • Start finding simple ways to solve arguments and disagreements.
  • Show (but maybe not name) a variety of emotions beyond happy, sad and upset.