So you have a busy little 3 Year Old! These active little people are not growing in size as much as they did in their first year with us, but they are certainly growing in other ways.
They are growing confidence in their physical abilities and are easily running and jumping, they can balance better and even stand on their tippy toes. It’s likely they’ll love a ride on a tricycle or even a balance bike for the slightly more adventurous.
They are probably showing some signs of independence like dressing themselves (and picking the outfit – all the best combos we’re sure), using their utensils at dinner time, washing their hands.
They are likely to be holding very important conversations with you as they become more and more easily understood. Although the sentences aren’t quite there, and they still trip up on words. And the best bit they can make up their own way of saying things – that’s a personal favourite of mine, it’s just so cute! At this age they are also likely to start understanding the importance of not putting little items in their mouth and the danger of choking on things like the accessories in their toy sets. This development opens up a world of new toys for a 3 year old, which not only fit with the “no choking” issue, but with their intellectual development.
For example, introducing dolls that come with a plethora of small accessories is fitting as these little people are starting to see the family dynamic and how everyone fits it. It’s likely that the new doll will become their child as they imitate what Mum and Dad have said to them.
Or a train set with lots of little accessories, all of which add in layers of play initiative opportunities, will become the town/city you live in and you might see Mum, Dad, or other family members racing off within this imaginative space to do the daily tasks a 3 year old has been viewing.