Gains 3-5 pounds/year and grows 2-3 inches/year
Legs grow more rapidly than arms, giving 3-year olds a taller, thinner, adult-like appearance; “baby fat” is disappearing
Kicks a large ball
Balances momentarily on one foot
Jumps in place
Pedals a small tricycle or Bigwheel
Catches a large bounced ball with both arms extended
Holds crayon between 2 fingers and thumb
Begins to show hand dominance
Washes and dries hands
Knows basic shapes
Listens attentively to age-appropriate stories
Speech and Language Development
Uses 300 to 1,000 words
Talks about objects, events, and people not present
Answers simple questions appropriately
Understands taking turns, but not always willing to do so
Has occasional nightmares and fears
Defends toys and possessions
Check with your child's pediatrician if by Four Years your child does NOT:
Have intelligible speech most of the time
Understand and follow simple commands and directions
State own name and age
Enjoy playing near or with other children
Use three to four word sentences
Stay with an activity for 3-4 minutes; play alone several minutes at a time
Jump in place without falling
Balance on one foot, at least briefly
Help with dressing self
Did you answer yes to one or more of the developmental alerts?
- First and foremost, please contact your child's pediatrician. Your health care provider is your best resource if you have any questions or concerns.
- Secondly, would you like to speak with someone at Special Kids to learn more about how our services may benefit your child? Contact our Family Resources team to learn more.
*Developmental milestone survey adapted from Lynn Marotz and K. Eileen Allen's book Developmental Profiles: Pre-birth through Adolescence.