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Child Development
Age 3 to 4
" What to expect from your 3 to 4 year old "


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Age 3 to 4

  • Uses more than 50 single words, with the vocabulary increasing at a rate that is hard to follow. Vocabulary will usually increase to several hundred words by age 4.

  • Uses sentences with 5 or more words

  • Starts to use present tense of words by adding “s” (she runs, etc.)

  • Uses pronouns

  • Understand concepts such as less and more, small and big, etc.

  • Begins to understand cause and effect, such as, “If you push the cup off of the table, it will spill on the floor”.

  • Most words and sentence are understood by others

  • Comprehends most other speech

  • Can describe how objects are used

  • Socializes with others well

  • Develops friendships independent of you, such as new friends at preschool

  • Socializes with other well

  • Enjoys playing with other children

  • Expresses a wide range of emotions

  • Uses a pedal tricycle

  • Likes pretend playing

  • May hold a pen, pencil or crayon the correct way

  • Likes to draw and paint simple shapes and model shapes with play dough

  • Alternate his or her feet when walking up and down the stairs

  • Walks backwards and sideways

  • Can balance on each foot for a second or two

  • Can carry and maneuver larger heavier objects and toys

  • Likes to climb obstacles and climbing frames

  • Like to dress and undress self

  • Uses a spoon and fork

  • Brushes his or her own teeth without help

  • May master toilet training

  • Uses an adult toilet without training seat

  • Boys start to stand at toilet instead of sit

  • May stay dry most nights

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Please note that these are only general developmental guidelines for an average healthy child. A healthy child may reach a developmental milestone earlier or later than the average shown in these guidelines. Each child develops differently and just because a child may appear to be behind in one developmental area does not mean there is something wrong. If you feel your child is behind in several areas of development, contact your pediatrician for advice.




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